In the New Testament, Ekklesia is translated "church"
one hundred fifteen times, and "assembly" three times.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For
the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that
are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall
call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and
exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added unto them about three
thousand souls ... And the Lord added to the
church daily such as should be saved.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not
by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by
the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter
openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:
and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them,
and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be
an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God
... 6 Among whom are ye also the called
of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God,
called to be saints: Grace to you and peace
from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he
also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who
can be against us?
1 Corinthians 1:1‑3
Paul, called to be an apostle of
Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,
with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ
our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace be unto you, and peace,
from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ ... 8 Who
shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in
the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by
whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 1:23
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a
stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But
unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my
mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the
heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye
are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one
faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above
all, and through all, and in you all.
1 Thessalonians 2:11
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged
every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye
would walk worthy of God, who hath called you
unto his kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:23‑24
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I
pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
II Thessalonians 2:13‑14
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,
brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the
Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called
you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal
life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast
professed a good profession before many witnesses.
II Timothy 1:7‑9
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore
ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:
but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according
to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in
Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest
by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished
death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through
the gospel: 11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an
apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the
heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest
of our profession, Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:15‑16
But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it
is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1 Peter 2:6‑10
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and
he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you
therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be
disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same
is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and
a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being
disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are
now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now
have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us
unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye
have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen,
II Peter 1:10‑11
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
diligence to make your calling and election sure: for
if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an
entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
1 John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of
James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father,
and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb
shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
The Apostles tended to teaching. Deacons were
selected out of the congregation, approved and ordained by the
Apostles, and given certain duties of service (Acts 6). Later,
each member of the church body was helped to discover, develop and
utilize their particular gifts to serve the Lord (I Peter 4:10).