Acts 4: The Community of the Kingdom

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011

When Christ poured out his Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, he ushered his “kingdom community” into the age to come. Pentecost is sometimes described as the birthday of the church, but that is not quite accurate. Far earlier in the Bible the Greek term ekklesia, which our English versions render “church,” had been applied to the “day of the assembly” (1) when Israel gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai as Moses received the Lord’s covenant on the mountaintop (Deut. 9:10). From that point forward the term ...

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