x170.....Assembly and church--2 different things

Heb 10:25* Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

this is the Greek of this word....

episunagoge {ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay'}n f

--- gathering together 1, assembling together 1; 2

1) a gathering together in one place

2) the (religious) assembly (of Christians)

Ac 4:31* And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

This is the same as the "being assembled together--in a large group--as at Pentecost in the early church


"The Assembly"

This word is translated 3 times in the book of acts--everywhere else it is the word "church"

Ac 19:32* Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

Ac 19:39* But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.

Ac 19:41* And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

But this word translated as "assembly" is this in the Greek--


ekklesia {ek-klay-see'-ah} n f

--- church 115, assembly 3; 118

1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly 1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating 1b) the assembly of the Israelites 1c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously 1d) in a Christian sense 1d1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting 1d2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake 1d3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body 1d4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth 1d5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven


The "assembling or ourselves together" is the description of a revival. A group of Christians --probably a large group, would gather together perhaps for days--worshiping God--praying together--until every one of them was totally filled with the Holy Spirit--filled to overflowing.

The "church" the "ekklesia" was the house of God--the people and their homes--a place in which Christians in a given area would meet together on a daily basis. There were therefore Christian meetings being conducted every day of the week--perhaps nearly around the clock! In these meetings they "broke bread together"--they ate together--they discussed how they might bring in the lost to God's kingdom. They fed the poor and gave to one another through these house meetings. They operated teaching ministries--to teach one another the doctrine of Christ. Apostles and evangelists operated together in these home meetings--the prophets of the church worked in powerful prayer meetings and made intercession--constant 7-day-a-week prayer and the apostolic function that Jesus had demonstrated in His ministry.

The "house of God" (the ekklesia) operated 7 days a week.

The "assembling of ourselves together" (episunagoge) was called when the Spirit of God lead--perhaps weeks or months in between.

Neither of these was a ritual--but rather each had a specific important purpose for Christians. Most of the functionality and actual ministry was done in the house of God. The house of God is described as "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1timothy 3:15)--it was the place where people learned and operated together. The place where they prayed together---but prayer with a readiness of heart to carry out the will of God with immediacy.

Prayer, with direct action--the bain of the enemy!

It was in a home and went by the directions and commands of 1corinthians --12-14 a place in which all could prophecy--or sing or teach--

26* ¶ How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. (1Corinthians 14:26)

In the house of God of the bible--everyone had the right to prophecy--to teach --to sing--to pray in tongues--to testify or have an interpretation of the tongues spoken by another. These things were the rules of the "ekklesia" the house of God--which is the church.

We need the church to be the church once again.