The body of Christ (the local church) is the key instrument that God has set out to advance the gospel to the nations (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20).
- Christ is the foundation of the Church, (1 Cor. 3:11).
- He chose the twelve apostles of the church, (Mark 3:14; Matt. 10).
- He taught them, (Matt. 5-7, 10).
- He announced the church, (Matt. 16:18).
- He sent the Spirit to empower the work He had commissioned, (John 14, 15, 16; Acts 1:8).
- He gave the gifts to the church for the work of the ministry, (Eph. 4:11-12).
- The message is about His Person and Work.
- He is the Head of the Church! (Rev. 1).
- The Apostles and Prophets. (Eph. 2:20).
However, over the past centuries, the bride of Christ has suffered from within and the outside enemies. For this reason, in many ways, Christians too often have diminished the notion of the role and function of the local church.
The local church is the full expression of the universal church and is a distinct community of believers at a particular location (1 Cor. 1:2). At least, from the New Testament accounts, we learn that a local church is a company of saved, baptized people, belonging to a certain place (Matt. 13:24-30; Rom. 16:5; 1 Jn. 2:19).
Therefore, when we gather in our local churches, we are in an organic union with the Body of Christ worldwide! What the world need is not some sort of superhero for Jesus, but a church that is found faithful in the task that has been entrusted unto.
Here are 20 great quotes on the importance of the local church.
1). “Although the church has been the most consistently hated group on earth, it will continue to expand until He takes it out of this world.” — Unknown
2). “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.” — C. S. Lewis
3). “Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.” — A. W. Tozer
4). “I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them.” — Charles Spurgeon
5). “The church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven.” — Adrian Rogers
6). “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
7). “The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” — E. M. Bounds
8). “You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to the church.” — Unknown
9). “I don’t think the job of the church is to make people happy. I think it’s to make them holy.” — Chuck Colson
10). “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” — Dwight L. Moody
11). “Some go to church to see and be seen, Some go there to say they have been, Some go there to sleep and nod, But few go there to worship God.” — Unknown
12). “I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.” — C. S. Lewis
13). “The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.” — Robert G. Ingersoll
14). “Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.” — Corrie Ten Boom
15). “The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” — Mike Stachura
16). “We’ve made the church so much like a country club that it’s a surprise they let us keep our tax exempt status!” — Steven Furtick
17). “The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.” — Charles Spurgeon
18). “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” — Tertullian
19). “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.” — C. S. Lewis
20). “The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it.” — William Tyndale