Ekklesia what does it mean? The gathering of those who serve the Lord. Tyndale lost his life over that translation.
What is the function? We do what we do because of habit?
The church is not about one person the pastor prefect not the only place to hear from God.
In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God's Word . For this "milk" will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness. So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God's sight. Come and be his "living stones" who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:2-5 TPT
Matthew 16.18 the church should prevail. What do you say? Peter said you are the Christ the Son of the living God.
Go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. Then you'll become witnesses. In Jerusalem https://youtu.be/bgQ2wiTefmQ
By the 3rd century you needed to punish yourself when you sinned. Middle age you paid for forgiveness.
The last 800 years we have seen reforms reforms but still have problems.
What are we called to be. To bring greater glory.
If someone asked you who is Jesus? What would you say?
Isolated stones do not make a building.
But you are God's chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual "nation" set apart as God's devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world .
1 Peter 2:9 TPT https://bible.com/bible/1849/1pe.2.9.TPT
Jesus is Lord of all.
We exist to spread the passion for the supremacy of God. John Piper