Title Slide: Re-Thinking the Ekklesia [the visible and invisible church]

In last month’s lesson, The Church of the Old Testament, I emphasized how Jesus’ church is the promised re-gathering of scattered Israel.

Through the Prophets, GOD promised a new covenant with Israel that would be different than the first (see Jer. 31:31-34).

This month’s lesson continues developing the theme of re-thinking Jesus’ church by examining the differences between the visible and invisible church. While the differences may seem obvious at first, realizing the implications of these differences and how people have conflated the two churches provides a powerful “Aha!” moment for us.

Let’s begin our analysis by visualizing the two covenants GOD made with Israel.

GOD’s Vision for Ancient Israel

At Mt. Sinai, GOD offered the physical children of Israel (Jacob) a covenant.

5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be a special people to Me above all nations; for all the earth is Mine. 6 You shall be to Me a royal priesthood and a holy nation.’
(Ex. 19:5-6 OSB)

Here was GOD’s vision for Israel:

GOD's vision for ancient Israel

Sadly, Israel rejected GOD as King and broke the covenant:

Ancient Israel broke GOD's covenant

GOD promised a new covenant with Israel:

GOD promised a new covenant with Israel

But how would the transition between covenants occur?

The ekklesia - the gathering (the church) of Jesus

Now that we have established the connection between GOD’s promise to re-gather Israel and Jesus’ invisible church, how does all of this relate to physical churches?

That is the question I attempt to answer in this month’s video: Re-Thinking the Ekklesia.

(Check out this series in its entirety here.)

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