Ekklesia – Part Three – A Deeper Look

The Ekklesia at Anoka is formed upon the following truths:

  • We are an assembly of believers under the headship of Jesus Christ
  • We operate in the authority of Jesus Christ
    • Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords
  • We are a ruling assembly in the spiritual realm in agreement with God and what He is doing
    • We are the ‘Yes and Amen’ to the will of God
  • We are committed to the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God
  • We are submitted to one another in love
  • We encourage, comfort, console, and reassure one another
  • We contend with the things opposed to the Kingdom of God
  • We use prayer, intercession, love, and ministry to impact our region
  • We engage in spiritual warfare to dismantle spiritual strongholds
  • The gates of Hades will not prevail against us

 

As we become one with Him, we also learn to rule and reign with Him. We hear the Word of God and do it; we gain the mind of Christ.  We come into agreement with God and co-labor with Him. We become His yes and amen people. When operating in kingdom principles, we are one with Him; we are of one mind. Our decrees and declarations in faith are governmental. We change the atmosphere with our declarations of the Word of God so the Kingdom of God can manifest in the earth as it is in heaven.

 

The church age needs to move from the institutional Laodicean age system to the Book of Ephesians message for practical living in the love of God with love for one another. The hierarchal design of the institutional church system needs to be inverted; leaders on pedestals need to be transformed to be servant leaders who are supporting and building up the saints to do the ministry as directed by our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the body. The saints, especially the leaders, need to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, laying all else of this world aside and following him, obedient to the call upon our lives.

 

A few of the questions we must answer for ourselves are:

  • How deeply do I “truly” believe what God says?
  • How willing am I to lay down the things of this world to follow Christ?
    • “Die to self” daily; take up my cross daily
  • Do I see myself as seated with Christ in heavenly places? (Eph. 2:6)
  • Do I believe I am set free from the law of sin and death? (Rom. 8:2)
  • Am I “truly” a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • Am I willing to unlearn the things of the religious system and receive the truth of what the Word of God says?
  • Do I desire to walk, to the best of my ability, according to the call of God upon my life?
    • Will I allow God to transform me?
  • Am I willing to carry the responsibility of being a steward of the things of God?
  • Have I had a proper revelation of who Jesus Christ is?

 

For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Colossians 2:9 KJV

 

Christ Jesus, our Lord, carried, and carries, the fullness of God.

 

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:10 KJV

 

We, the body, are in Him, the head.

 

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Colossians 2:11 KJV

 

We cut off the sins of the flesh, even in this life. By faith, this circumcision cuts off the sinfulness of our flesh in Christ Jesus.

 

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Colossians 2:12 KJV

 

In baptism we are buried with Christ, but by faith we are raised up with Him.

 

And you, being dead in your sins and the circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Colossians 2:13 KJV

 

Through this union with Him, and through the shedding of His blood for us, we are forgiven of all our sins.

 

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Colossians 2:14 KJV

 

The law that opposed us was nailed to the cross; the great obstacle removed.

 

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 2:15 KJV

 

He triumphed over the principalities and powers. He is already victorious! And we are as well, in Christ.

 

  • “Ekklesia Rising” by Dean Briggs, 2014, Champion Press
    • Page 117: “Jesus was the point of the spear in a massive, triumphant assault against Satan’s dominion of Earth. The mission was a success. The sting of death and sin was removed when Jesus burst forth from the tomb, liberating all mankind from death’s grip with resurrection power.”

 

We are to walk in the victory of Christ. We are the Body of Christ. We are the ekklesia He said He would build. We are to be the catalyst for spiritual change in our region. We are to be a threat to corruption and every demonic entity and activity. As the ekklesia built by Christ, we are to arise and carryout the great commission. We are to devastate the enemy’s kingdom through attacks on it and through the growth and expansion of the Kingdom of God.

 

  • “Ekklesia Rising” by Dean Briggs, 2014, Champion Press
    • Page 126: “My ekklesia, Jesus said. A new divine council comprised of the mortal redeemed, endued with the authority of His name to get the business of Heaven done on Earth.”
    • Page 127: “In light of Matthew 16, …, we realize:
      1. Jesus has all authority. He established the ekklesia and serves as its federal head.
      2. The ekklesia is built on divine revelation, not human intellect.
      3. Demonized systems of death cannot prevail against the ekklesia.
      4. The ekklesia are given keys by which they forbid or permit in localities on Earth.
      5. The ekklesia is the living embodiment of Christ on Earth. Therefore, Christ fills the ekklesia with the fullness of who He is.
      6. By virtue of their intimate connection to Christ, the ekklesia express His rule on Earth.
      7. Finally, in Joel 2, the ekklesia intervene as intercessory arbiters of National crisis.
    • In the midst of crisis, God’s kingdom draws near. Jesus said, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Mat. 4:17).”

 

So, concerning the Ekklesia at Anoka:

  • We begin with Fire-Pit Worship on Thursday evenings
    • A time for personal encounter with God as we corporately worship Almighty God
    • Believing that intimacy with almighty God is the key that opens the doors to other facets of the walk with God
    • Ekklesia is one such facet as we intercede for and make an impact upon our region
  • We gather for Sunday sessions on Sunday evenings
    • A time of fellowship to get to know one another so we can support and encourage one another in the love of Christ in which we are called to walk
    • To share a meal and to develop unity as one body, the Body of Christ, as Jesus prayed in John 17:20-24
    • To build up one another in faith through teaching, conversation, and sharing testimonies of what God has done and is doing in our lives
  • We are establishing the Ekklesia at Anoka gatherings on Tuesday evenings
    • A time for the community to come together in contending prayer for the region and against the works of the enemy
    • A time to share what we are hearing from the Lord
    • A time to discern the will of God in the assignments we are being called to complete in the region
    • A time for intercessory prayer on behalf of the region for life
    • A time of warfare against the enemy and his plans for destruction and death
  • We are also open to other gatherings or activities as led by God
    • What are we being led to do?
    • Who is being groomed to lead?
    • Who is being led to support and/or participate?
    • Those who lead are there to support and build up others as they move forward in fulfilling the call of God on their lives.

 

We will continue to explore these things and discover whatever else God chooses to reveal to us as we move forward as the Body of Christ, the ekklesia.