“..unto the ekklesia of God, which is at Corinth..” 1 Cor. 1:2
Jesus calls out each of His disciples personally. Ekklesia means called out ones; called out to assemble unto God. It is the NT term for the called out people of God. When among us in the flesh, Jesus called out His disciples from heart devotion to the secular, pagan world system, which they left to follow Him. He called out His followers from heart devotion to the prevailing religious system, which they left to follow Him. As they heard the call from the Lord, they had to separate from devotion to these other things in order to have singular heart devotion to Him. Ekklesia is not a place, a building an organization or an institution. The ekklesia is us. He has called us out, to separate unto Him, to be His people. He is calling out and gathering a people, an assembly, a congregation, for Himself.