The journey has been long and these tenets of Ekklesia Life that you are about to read have come at a great price. Before coming to these convictions, many of us spent years learning how to do church according to the religious system. Some of us even have Master and Doctorate degrees to prove it. In those days our lives were focused on adding new techniques, traditions, and methods to our practice so we could achieve “Church Growth”.

Today we would rather be loved and approved by the Lord than be liked and esteemed by men. We understand that we are swimming upstream and against the current of the majority.

Since having come to the revelation that something is intrinsically wrong with the religious system, it seems like we are daily convicted to unload some type of religious baggage. Whether it happens fast like the shedding of a snake or slow like the peel of an onion, the Holy Spirit says, “It’s time for change.” For example,today we get them “saved” then try to disciple them. In the first century people were discipled unto salvation. Needless to say they had stronger disciples and less continual attrition.

During the process we have come to understand that certain traditions have no foundation in New Creation Life so they must go. The Spirit is continuously revealing the emptiness of those things we once participated in and strove for.

“What a change!  Thirty years ago I thought I knew everything and had no questions. The older I get the less I feel I know of the Awesome God who created the Heavens and the Earth.”  J.L. Bosque

Below are some of these convictions, and to properly understand them you need to hear what we are about to say:

  1. We understand that each of us is uniquely gifted and has been given a diverse emphasis to strengthen His Body.
  2. We also understand, that while we may be out of the system, the system may not yet be completely out of us.
  3. Different saints are in different places on this journey.
  4. Knowing how utterly confused we were at one time should give us the grace to be patient with each other.
  5. I do not need to believe like you do to love you and have fellowship with you.

As you will read our love for each other must come before our desire to be in complete agreement concerning these things. While many of the concepts written below would be considered deep by the average Christian, we have purposely chosen to write them in everyday language.

Basic Tenets of Ekklesia Life

A.   Our Journey

  1. Born from Above

We are people who have experienced a New Birth. This is not “a raising of the hands and coming to the front of a building” but a confrontation of flesh and Spirit and surrender to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The Lord has come to indwell us via the Holy Spirit. We have begun to live eternal life in the Spirit here on earth.

 2. Led by the Holy Spirit

Those walking in Ekklesia Life seek to do only what the Father is doing. We want to be guided by God the Spirit from sunrise to sunset. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor and the Keeper of our faith. We are Rhema (His Daily Voice) focused, not just Bible trained. Everything in our relationship with the Lord is based on our ability to hear His voice clearly. This is both personal and corporate.

  1. Baptism

Baptism is a physical manifestation (public) of an inward change by a believer. Each believer should seek to publicly give the Lord glory after His personal desire to follow Christ. We don’t believe in baptism classes or catechisms. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to finish the work the Father begins in us. Whenever possible that baptism should be by immersion and can be administered by any saint, preferably the one the Lord used to be a witness to the new believer.

 4. Sanctification

As difficult as it may be to understand God’s sovereignty and the human desire to see it as progressive steps, salvation and sanctification are all part of the same process. It is all one journey that began in us before time began and before we were in our mother’s womb. Continued growth and maturity come from a revelation of the grace and goodness of God, not from human attempts at sin management. The Lord is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Scripture says that, “He who began a good work in us will finish it.” 

  1. Daily Communion

Seeking a daily communion with the Lord and with each other is the Way. Living in Christ is a lifestyle, not a religious observance or just a weekly gathering. We partake of the Lord’s supper by direction of the Holy Spirit, and any saint may administer the wine and bread. We do not believe anything happens when a priest/pastor presents it to God no matter how many bells & whistles are sounded.

B.   Our Community

  1. A Relational Community

The goal of the Gospel is face-to-face community where Christ-centered relationships can deepen. We believe that only through active vibrant relationships can the life of the Church happen. Community is found in the 21st Century wherever saints intentionally care for one another. It is our desire to live Ekklesia Life together well.

  1. Love for the Brethren

We believe in authentic relationships and real caring one for another. We are our brother’s  keeper. Everything we do in the Kingdom must first begin with our love for one another. We seek to love without any hidden or personal agenda. Real love happens when the concerns of others are as important to us as our own.

John 13:35
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NKJV

  1. The Unity of the Body

The unity of the Body of Christ is not based on doctrinal agreement but on the love we have for the Lord and for each other. The unity of the Lord already exists among the Trinity and can’t be created or upgraded by bringing us all into one place (geographical proximity). Together (time & place) is not necessarily united. The same Holy Spirit indwells and guides every born-from-above Christ follower, so the Lord Himself brings us into unity.

  1. A Kingdom Family 

Together we are a Kingdom of Priests with only one King, King Jesus. We have no divisions based on race, gender, nationality, or language. We are multi-generational in scope, respecting our elders and helping the next generation. We are not servants, but we are sons and daughters who serve His purposes in this world. We are composed of many relational families forming part of the same Body of Christ. We are His ambassadors on earth today.

  1. One Global Church

Understanding we form one Body of the Lord Jesus Christ and only one church universal throughout the world, we are all members of that Body with no local membership. We have no divisions based on name, doctrine, language, or denominations. While what we see with our eyes fights what we believe in the Spirit, the Lord is building His church, and it advances toward the goal of a Bride which will be ready at His return without spot or wrinkle.

C.   Our Gatherings

  1.  Daily Emphasis

The emphasis of our gatherings is daily. We gather and assemble every day in our jobs, schools, stores, and our homes. We also have gatherings that are weekly, monthly, and yearly as orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. We believe, that whenever and wherever 2 or 3 saints are gathered, the Lord is among us.

  1. No “Services”

The Lord Jesus performed that last service unto Father God on the cross of Calvary. The New Testament knows nothing about a “worship service,” but it does say that we should offer ourselves for His service 24/7. New Testament gatherings were simply saints coming together to show love to one another for the sole purpose of the mutual edification of the Body of Christ. We worship the Lord daily with our living example of Christ’s Life before this world.

  1. The Priesthood of Every Believer 

All of us are priests before the Lord. No middlemen exist between us and God except God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the current definitions of “Pastor” and “Priest” are human inventions. Scripture says we are a kingdom of priests calling us to exercise that priesthood as a family together. 

  1. We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit 

It’s not about buildings vs. houses. There is no such thing as a sacred building. Those original gatherings had nothing to do with buildings. The early church was a poor persecuted church made up of simple slaves and common people. Until the Roman emperor Constantine came into power and meddled with the church, the ekklesia of God met anywhere and everywhere, from house to house, and owned no real estate that they would call “the Church Building.” 

  1. The Lord adds to the Church

Together we affirm that the present form of evangelism of bringing people to a building to raise their hand and sign a card was alien to first century ekklesia. The Lord himself using the testimony of His people adds followers of Christ to the Body. People ask us, “What must I do to be saved?” not vice versa. We believe in taking the Good News of the gospel where it has not yet been preached, but once there are converts, the Lord will raise up their own native Ekklesia Life.

C.   Our Leadership

 1. We believe His Church is under the Headship of the Lord Jesus

The Lord is building His Church. The Lord oversees and guides all our gatherings via the Holy Spirit. We all have a tendency like Israel did to want a visible leader at the helm, but we must resist this desire with every fiber of our being. We must show by our practice that Jesus is welcome to be our only Leader. We believe that together we can hear His voice in every situation.

 2. We don’t Believe in Professional Hierarchical Leadership

Five-fold gifts are functions not positions; therefore, we are all brothers and sisters, and we don’t use titles. We have no paid, professional hierarchical leadership. We are all clergy (“kleros”), the inheritance of the Lord. Church history reveals an inordinate focus on leaders at the cost of the erosion of Spirit-driven body-life. The New Testament, on the other hand, unfolds 58 one another’s and zero about “the pastor” up front. Any leadership that exists in His Body should be the living example of the mature saint whose life says, “follow Christ like I follow Christ.” 

D.  Our Giving

  1. Total Equity of Goods.

This means having all things in common in reference to material possessions. We believe in voluntary Spirit-driven sharing between the rich and poor for the common good. In the early ekklesia, people shared and gave so that “there was no needy person among them.” We don’t want to invest in buildings but in people. Our focus is instead to use our finances to give voluntarily, corporately, and personally to those that society neglects and those among us who are totally given to serve the Body of Christ.

  1. We are Joyful Givers

We understand that tithing is an Old Testament concept and therefore not valid for a New Covenant believer. We seek to help the widows, the orphans, and the needy as directed by the Holy Spirit. We also voluntarily give to those who travel to train and equip the Body worldwide. We don’t believe in the many forms of fundraising from the lost.  We believe that we are to focus first on helping the family of brothers/sisters around us who have needs.

E.     Other Beliefs

  1. We Reject the Present Religious System 

As believers we have the conviction that the present Religious System is irreparable from within. While some good things happen there, God’s redemptive grace is not His approval of spiritual dysfunction. Many who continue to participate in it are our brothers and sisters, but they must come to their own revelation concerning the futility of building upon that kind of “humanly-invented” foundation. We were all once in it and understand how blind one can be who is heavily invested in it.

Upton Sinclair said it best: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

  1. Our End-Time Beliefs 

As believers we are not looking to leave this earth (Rapture), but to occupy until The Lord comes. We daily seek His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. We desire to impact and transform the world around us with the Good News and the example of our life in Christ. It is the Lord’s purpose that now in this age the ekklesia should display His multi-faceted wisdom in a counter-cultural New Humanity.

  1. We Seek to Abide in Him

We are not seeking a momentary visitation of His presence. We are not after a feeling. We desire to be continuously filled by His Holy Spirit every second of every day. This filling can’t be conjured up because we sing a few songs and call it worship. We worship Him daily with our life and witness. We are the habitation of the Lord. He lives in us and we live in Him corporately.

Growth, Change, Maturity, Clarity, Direction, and Revelation continue. We have not arrived!

In Conclusion

We want to emphasize That “living ekklesia life together well” trumps what you have just read and what we have put together from our hearts. We believe that the living daily example (demonstration) of Ekklesia life as we show love to one another and serve our King is more important than any verbal or written communication. There is more meaning in the power of demonstration to a disciple, than any class or teaching.

As you know when you follow a trail it only gives a general direction, and it doesn’t force you to step in the exact footstep’s others have before you, nor are you forced to follow the same signals. The Lord is your ultimate guide and the Spirit is your Keeper. We are only equippers of His body for Christ’s sake.

As pioneers we have undertaken this task to assist you in your journey. We wrote these tenets of Ekklesia Life down to mark the trail for others to follow unto the fullness of the stature of the man Christ Jesus as He has been revealed to us.

Much love,

Jose L. Bosque with

Jon Zens, George Dunn, Stephen Crosby, David Fredrickson, and Michael Rose

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is excellent and very well written – thank you! It’s nice to see this all in one document. I’ve pondered these things for the last 15 years and I couldn’t agree more! One typo you may want to re-word. You say, “We want to be guided by God the Spirit from sunrise to sunset.” (What about after sunset?) I’m guessing you meant “all day long” or “every minute of the day and night” – something like that, right? I wish you all the best. Thanks for contributing to the conversation – I hope this goes viral among the Unchurched. 🙂

    • Hi Sandy,
      Thank you for your kind words. It is my desire that the Lord command my life by His Spirit 24 hours a day.
      Much love,
      Jose

    • Hi Sister,
      Had to look it up in Google to know what you were talking about. Sorry, but I don’t see any differences between men and women in the New Testament church.
      Much love,
      Jose

  2. The main thrust of what is intended to be communicated in this paper of brother Bosque is understandable, and even agreeable. Christendom is in the confused and conflicted state that it is in today due to departure from God’s Word as set out in the Bible concerning His House and the governance necessary to maintaining the integrity and holiness due to proper conditions of fellowship. There are many, evident misapprehensions in Christendom as to what constitutes the proper nature of, and administration in, God’s House. Paul wrote to Timothy, “These things I write to thee …. in order that thou mayest know how one ought to conduct oneself in God’s house, which is [the] assembly of [the] living God, [the] pillar and base of the truth.” The elements that introduce what is foreign — and thus, confusion and error — into God’s House are always derived from the activity of the natural mind and will. Either something erroneous is introduced and no one checks it (see 2 Kings 4:39-41 — thank goodness for the Man of God); or, there is indifference or downright willfulness with a Christian or Christians as to Divine principles. In either instance, the departure is due to a lack of fidelity to Christ. In this respect, statements are made in the paper such as “I do not need to believe like you do to love you and have fellowship with you” and “The unity of the Body of Christ is not based on doctrinal agreement, but on the love we have for the Lord and for each other”; however, these statements ignore pertinent principles in God’s Word. Certainly, love is the foundation — “God is love” and the two great commandments upon which the law and the prophets hang (Matthew 22) are to love God completely and (reflexively) to love the neighbor as oneself. However, the Lord said, ” If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15 — i.e., the proof of the Christian’s love is fidelity to His Word) and, James writes in chapter 1 of his epistle, “But be ye doers of [the] word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves. For if any man be a hearer of [the] word and not a doer, he is like to a man considering his natural face in a mirror: for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like.” This is powerful, as it shows that the “doing” is a vital result to the “hearing”. And, in respect of agreement, Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 13:11 that we are to “be perfected; be encouraged; be of ONE MIND; be at peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” To consider anything less than unity in God’s House is to totally misapprehend the teachings of Scripture — Paul writes in Ephesians 4:3, ” using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.” Christendom is in utter confusion today in the 21st century — the antidote is to go back to Scripture and allow those principles to govern (read 2 Timothy 2 — written in a time when Church breakdown had commenced). I hope this helps!

    • Hi brother,
      Just have one question for you, what do you do for the first 1500 years of Christendom when there was no Bible to be read and 97% of humanity was illiterate?
      Much love,
      Jose

  3. an apologetic that continues to mature as the distance between what we were (servants of religion) and what we become (children & servants of God in Christ) widens. All gratitude to the Almighty Father who revealed His Son and sent the Spirit to our care.

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