The word in the New Testament which is translated as church is the Greek word ‘ekklesia’, but does it really mean ‘church’ or does it mean something else.
I was once taught that the ‘Church’ is the bible’s best kept secret and that it was suddenly sprung upon God’s chosen 2,000 years ago when God changed His mind about who should represent Him.
Yes, God changed His mind, He broke his own rules (Torah) and invented the Church?
No, No and many times no, Torah is forever…..
The Greek ekklesia means “called out assembly” and refers to the spontaneous political meetings that were a feature of the short-lived Athenian democracy and where impromptu meetings of citizens discussed events and policies.
So the first ‘Church’ in biblical terms was the impromptu meeting at Mount Horeb.