The Church, not a church

When you use the word church in the twenty-first century western world, you conjure up a lot of different meanings. To some they mentally see a cathedral with stained glass windows such as the beautiful Notre Dame of Paris, France. To others a country church that is located at the cross- roads of county lanes, a simple frame structure which is much like all the farm houses in the neighborhood. In the New Testament, the Greek word translated church means the called out ones. It refers to the people that are a part of the family of God, not the building. Western usage in Europe and then transferred to the United States began to call the meeting house a church. We are kind of stuck with that culturally here in the west.