Παῦλος καὶ Σιλουανὸς καὶ Τιμόθεος τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ Θεσσαλονικέων ἐν θεῷ πατρὶ καὶ κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστῷ χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ Θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ 1Thes1:1
“CHURCH is who we are, not where we go.” ~ unknown
Actually, “Church” is not even a good word for us, “ekklesia” (ἐκκλησίᾳ) is the actual word: “called out, assembled” unto Jesus Christ, belonging to Him. That is who we are. Yes the assembly of called out people unto Jesus Christ, is a people, not a place. It’s us ! Thank YOU Jesus.
This lovely article by Lynette Woods is about leaving the word “Church” and about the ekklesia, (people) and about substitutes for Christ.