When most people in the world think of a “church,” they think of a building. The Greek word ekklesia, which is most often translated as “church” in the Bible, never refers to a building, but always a group of people. The church is not a building: this is a message which requires proclamation to the world and reinforcement among the people of God.
For millennia confusion has reigned regarding the nature of the church. Is it a building? Is it a hierarchical organization? Is it a group of people? We do well to explore the word “church” and Greek word ekklesia and learn what Jesus intended with the word.
Jesus was to establish His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). And yet there is so much confusion in the world today about the church. Can we still perceive the Church of Christ? The Scriptures provide a way.