In the New Testament, the word “church” (ekklesia) is never used to refer to a building or a denomination. The word most frequently refers to a local gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, so biblically, the church is not much a place, but a community to which you belong.

I am sometimes surprised that many followers of Christ have such a weak view of the church. As a pastor you don’t need to remind me of the faults of the church. We all have our faults, and members of churches are no different. Yet, I love Calvary Church. You cannot be an authentic follower of Jesus Christ without a vital relationship with His body, the church.

The church is God’s new society, God’s new community. The New Testament writers use different metaphors (the body of Christ, the temple of God, the household of God) to help us understand this important concept. Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).

As shown in Acts 2:41-47, belonging to a local church is a sign that you belong to Jesus Christ. It’s where we join others who share our beliefs and common faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t be wiser than God. It is a privilege to be part of a local church.

John Munro

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