[quote="Zenas, post:4, topic:329218"]
The word "church" only appears twice in the gospels, first in Matthew 16 and again in Matthew 18. Both passages are associated with the power to bind and loose that Christ gave to the apostles and, by extension, to the church. The Greek word literally means "assembly." It was a new concept laid down by Jesus to be taken up by the apostles and used very often throughout the rest of the New Testament.
Right. And then the word is used 112 more times (RSVCE) in 109 additional verses :nerd:
1577 ἐκκλησία [ekklesia /ek·klay·see·ah/] n f. From a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; TDNT 3:501; TDNTA 394; GK 1711; 118 occurrences; AV translates as “church” 115 times, and “assembly” three times. 1 a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly. 1A an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating. 1B the assembly of the Israelites. 1C any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously. 1D in a Christian sense. 1D1 an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting. 1D2 a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order’s sake. 1D3 those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body. 1D4 the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth. 1D5 the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven.