We are the Body of Christ
The church is one of the most loved and one of the most hated institutions in society. Those that love it, love it for good reasons. Those that hate it also hate it for good reasons.
These Bible verses about church hopefully will give all of us a better picture of the purpose of the church and in doing so maybe we can increase those that love the church and reduce those that hate the church.
I truly believe that the reason many people are upset with the church is not that they are upset with the original intent for the church that God had, but that man has perverted the purpose of the church and made it into something it was never intended to be.
The word “church” in the Greek language is “Ekklesia” which means “called out ones.” It does not mean buildings or denominations.
It is the people of God who have been called out of the world and called to band together for each other’s mutual benefit. It is meant to be the physical representation of Jesus in this world.
These verses about the church will show this to be true.
28 Great Bible Verses About The Church
From The Gospels
17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
Correcting Another Believer
15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
From The Book Of Acts
Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.
But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.
So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.
From The Epistles
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.
1 Corinthians 1:2
I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
1 Corinthians 1:10
[ Divisions in the Church ] I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
1 Corinthians 5:4
in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 8:1
[ Food Sacrificed to Idols ] Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.
I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing.
God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.
1 Timothy 4:13
Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Final Thoughts About The Church
As you can see, the church not only was God’s idea, founded by Jesus himself, but it is God’s instrument to be used to bring His goodness and mercy to this world.
I heard it once said and I believe it to be true that a person who says that they love Jesus but hate the church is a hypocrite because how can you love someone and not love those that belong to Him? How can you love the head only but not love the body?
The church is imperfect. It is filled with imperfect people, but it was still God’s divine plan to establish the church on earth.
If you are looking for a perfect church, then stop because the moment you find that perfect church, and you enter it, you will make it imperfect.
There is not a perfect church.
Just a church that is forgiven by the grace of Jesus.