18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock [a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell [b] shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
Understand that The New Testament believers were sent ones. As believers today we must embrace the pattern to love “SENT”. The early believers did not go out to glorify their building/church, but to take what Jesus ministered the most, which was the Kingdom of God (over 100 times He made reference in the scripture to it) and teach the Kingdom to people in word and deed. You see, they operated with a different understanding than we do today. They understood the workings of an ekklesia as we only have the understanding of the constructs of a church. In the passage above in the original Hebrew text Jesus never said the word “church”. The word ekklesia was translated in the English language as the word church.
Let me bring us into remembrance of this key discovery: Jesus chose the Ekklesia model over the Temple or the Synagogue. The why of that is because it could succeed everywhere.
Looking at the strategy of Jesus: “Jesus chose an agency better suited to succeed everywhere—not just in Israel, where He ministered, but also in the pagan societies where He would send His disciples. His ultimate objective was not to produce or expand religious institutions. It was to see nations discipled by inserting the leaven of His Kingdom into their social fiber through His ekklesia.” This strategy is not built on events, its built-on lifestyles that reflect the manner by which Jesus and His team influenced culture.