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Confronting the System We Once Championed
Stovall and Kerri talk about how their attempt to implement the vision and values of what the Lord showed Stovall and a more scriptural model of community at Celebration Church Jacksonville was accepted by the congregation but fiercely resisted by a small group of trustees and staff. Stovall talks about how the revelation of Jesus on Passover of 2018 also brought to light how broken and dysfunctional he was as a husband, person and pastor and how the modern church system of hierarchy and empire helps to facilitate those things.
Introduction to the Ecclesia of God
The Ecclesia of ancient Athens is particularly well-known. It was the popular assembly, open to all male citizens as soon as they qualified for citizenship. In 594 BC, Solon allowed all Athenian citizens to participate, regardless of class. The assembly was responsible for declaring war, military strategy and electing the strategy and other officials Ecclesia, Greek Ekklēsia, (“gathering of those summoned”), in ancient Greece, assembly of citizens in a city-state. Ecclesia is the gathering of those who have been summoned.