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The Ekklesia by Pastor Melissa Scott

“And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is, is a worshipper of the great goddess Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?” from the sky because that’s what they claim, that her image she just appeared there. She fell from the sky and, voila! “Here I am!” “Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and do nothing rashly.” At least this person, this fellow, had a clear mind. He said “For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of,” and it says “churches.”

Now I need you to circle that too, because ‘churches.’ Let me just address this right now: the word you circled, “assembly” and “churches.” ‘Assembly,’ and I’m going to talk about this later, ‘assembly’ is ekklesia in Greek.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we’re going to look at Jesus’ use of ekklesia and the ekklesia being named here which is not the Church, but the ones, the ‘out called ones.’ They would send people in or call people or people would amass that assembly could be ekklesia.

Until a certain point in time then ekklesia becomes exclusively used of the Church, but at this time it was still used for a general assembly of any kind. And there’s a difference between ekklesia and synagogue, syne gogue, which is a Greek word syn, ‘with;’ gogue, teaching ‘with specific teaching,’ and when it says in verse 37 “churches,” that is ‘temples’ different word, not “church;” ‘temples,’ okay? So there’s a little, it’s important because we’re going to pick apart some of these words. You need to know what you’re reading; some of you already do.

“Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: that, let them implead one another.” Take it to the, the proconsul; take it to someone of authority and let them hear the matter. “But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly. For we are in danger to be called in question, this day’s uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this” ‘action,’ what happened here. Whoever is speaking is pretty level headed. “And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.” “And afterwards,” into chapter 20; don’t go there, “After the uproar was ceased, Paul called his disciples,” and departed for Macedonia.

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