The New Testament word for church is ekklesia, and it was originally used to describe an assembly of citizens who were “called out” by a herald.  The biblical meaning, then, is a group of earthly people who have been called out by Christ for his purposes.

The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, ed. Merrill C. Tenney (Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 1976), 845-846

Hayes, J. (2009). Blemished: How The Message of Malachi Confronts Empty Religion (p. 14). Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press.


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