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).
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
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
10). “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” — Dwight L. Moody
15). “The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” — Mike Stachura
19). “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.” — C. S. Lewis