Becoming God’s Ekklesia
I’ve watched the Lord over the last five to ten years bringing an understanding to the Church that a building is not the church. When He said, “On this rock, I will build my church,” He was not talking about a building or a 501(c)(3) on the corner. He also wasn’t talking about a congregation or a meeting. The word for “church” here is “ekklesia” or “legislature”. To the Greeks, when the people of the city were called to the city gates to vote on issues, that was the ekklesia. The Supreme Court of Greece was the ekklesia. The Romans took that concept and when they conquered a region, they sent an ekklesia in to rule. God never planned for us to build buildings or congregations, though we need those things. He was saying, “I am going to establish My government on earth.”
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- We are going to get this, Church! You are God’s Ekklesia. Ask God for this revelation to become your reality.
- Go to the entrance points of your home and declare that you are God’s legislative authority in your home.
- Drive to the entrance points of your city and declare that you are God’s governing authority in your city.
- You can do this at the “gates” of your neighborhood, your business, and anywhere else God shows you to go.
- You are standing on the soil of your state and nation. Declare it there, as well. Get ready to decree the decrees of the Lord from this increased place of understanding.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I am going to get this! Grant me grace to receive this revelation. It’s time for the Church to BE the Ekklesia, Your legislative body in the earth. At these doors of my home, I decree that I am the legislative authority here. As I go to the entrance points of my city, I declare that I am the legislative authority over my city. I will take responsibility to legislate Your will here, Lord. I will do the same as You lead me regarding my state and this nation. Give me decrees to decree in partnership with You, Jesus. Amen.
The gates of Hades will not overcome the Ekklesia of God!