I recently had a conversation with my cousin Troy, who shared with me that the ‘enemy of finish is start’.
That statement is profound. It became the catalyst for this introductory blog. Too often, our inability to complete an assignment has nothing to do with skill, but rather everything to do with committing to start.
This was driven home to me as I completed the finishing touches on my new book, Leaving Church Becoming Ekklesia. I finished the book, reviewed the new website, the new Facebook page and felt things were ready to go. The next major hurdle was inviting people to ‘Like’ my Facebook page, to click ‘Follow’, and to visit my new website. But I stopped short. I hesitated to make this next move. Why?
For a brief moment, I felt surge of fear. I was sobered by the idea that what I have written ventures into uncharted territory. I remembered the backlash I encountered when I first taught about the kingdom, the five-fold ministry gifts, personal prophecy, and deliverance. Once again, I find myself moving into a place that may draw positive and negative theological responses. So, I hesitated ‘starting’ and put the potential of ‘finishing’ in complete jeopardy.
Until recently, there has been very little discussion of ekklesia. Most conversation would suggest that ekklesia and church were the same. But history – both biblical and historical proves they are not. This goes to the heart of what Jesus declared at Caesarea Philippi. He never said He would build a ‘church’, He said He would build an ekklesia, which is far different from what we know as ‘church’. The implications to the Body of Christ is enormous. This is the foundation of what I have written.
So, with this blog, I start. The fact that you are reading this is proof that I have started. Where is the ‘finish’? Finish is when you are introduced to ekklesia. Whether through my new book, Leaving CHURCH Becoming EKKLESIA, or from the many others around the country who are beginning to declare what ekklesia is, and its importance to all believers.
The understanding of ekklesia is rising. I have started the journey, and you can establish the place of finish. When you realize the power Jesus Christ entrusted to His ekklesia, you will be well underway to seeing the kingdoms of the world, becoming the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
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Jesus is still building His ekklesia with believers like you! TLK