The gospel reading for Trinity 14 in Year A, Matt 18.15–20, comes within the fourth of the five collections of teaching organised by Matthew to, in some sense, present Jesus as a new Moses. Having focussed on discipleship (Matt 5–7), mission (Matt 10), and the kingdom of heaven (Matt 13), this collection gathers sayings on life together in the ‘ekklesia‘. The Greek term ‘ekklesia‘ never denotes a physical structure in the NT, nor, I would add, an institution with regulations and structure, but always a community of people.
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