Posted: Jul 19, 2013 6:51 pm
by lpetrich
angelo wrote:An assembly that was later named a "church." The letters of Paul are addressed to these "assemblies."

I went to Blue Letter Bible - Home Page and searched for "church". It's a translation of ekklêsia, Strong's Concordance G1577, and it literally means "assembly (of people)", as angelo said. The English word "church" is from Greek kuriakê (roughly "the Lord's thing").

Since there is not much evidence of houses of worship in the New Testament, it's likely that the "churches" in it were most like present-day "house churches", groups of people who would meet in their houses or in open areas, like what Pliny the Younger described.