The church of Jesus Christ is where God dwells on earth (I Cor 3:16; Eph 2:22). It is not a building. It is a congregation, or formal group, of His baptized children who have united in mutual faith around His Son Jesus Christ to worship in spirit and in truth and to help one another live godly lives until He comes. It assembles to sing, pray, hear preaching, observe the Lord’s Supper, and have loving fellowship.

A local church is the body of Jesus Christ, for He died for it, and His Spirit directs its members (I Cor 12:12-27). It is an organism more than an organization (I Pet 2:5). It is stronger than the gates of hell, when it follows its Lord (Matt 16:18). But most churches have forsaken Him and His scriptures for fables and entertainment: He has justly removed their candlesticks and spewed them out (Rev 2:5; 3:14-19).

What is a Church?

A church is much, much more than most people think. Since Christian churches exist because of the Bible, we should go to the Bible to find all it says about churches.

What Is a Great Church?

All churches are not equal. They vary greatly, and the only measuring criteria that count are in the Bible. How great is your church? And what are you doing about it?

Organism or Organization?

Is your church an organization or an organism? Does it have lots of parts, but they are not really connected in any meaningful, coordinated, affectionate way of unity and purpose? Do they gather together weekly and sit in pews like dominoes? Jesus said to look for churches and disciples that love each other (John 13:34-35).

Bethel = House of God

It is easy to be excited by Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel – the house of God. But you have a far greater house, with far more truth, and far better promises based on Jesus’ finished work and priesthood!

What a Church Is Not

What is a church to you? Do you know what the Bible teaches? Do you know the real purpose and benefits of a church? The church of Jesus Christ is very important in the Bible, but many are confused about it, so they lose the great profit of a church.

Blood Is Thicker than Blood

We love our earthly families, because there are strong natural impulses for it, and because the Bible commands it. But we also know about our blood bond in Christ and know it is more valuable, lasts much longer, and includes many more benefits.

One Another Body Building

A church is not just a place to hear a man preach, or to hear a praise band worship, or to play ball with other Christians on Thursday nights. It is a tight group of disciples purposing to help each other achieve greatness in God’s sight. You need to help your church function like this or find a church that already does it.

One Another Duties

You may not like math, but you should consider the statistical consequences of all the “one another” duties in the Bible. Even a small church has many relationships that should be nurtured to be all that Jesus Christ expects His churches to be. Learn some Bible math!

You Get What You Pay For

God compares pastors to oxen (I Cor 9:9-10; I Tim 5:17-18). If a pastor must work a worldly job to support his family, he will not have the energy or time for ministerial work that makes churches prosper. You lose, because you get only minimum benefit.

Danger! Beware of Your Church!

The grave danger for your soul and those of your family is the rise of a carnal, compromising, effeminate, and worldly brand of Christianity. Prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen are perfect illustrations of it. His religion is not Bible Christianity.

What If My Church Has Compromised?

We live in perilous times when most churches have compromised, just as Paul wrote to Timothy (II Tim 3:1 – 4:4), in order to be popular and keep carnal members happy. What should you do if your church has compromised doctrine or practice? This is a very common question today, and the Bible provides you with inspired answers.

Closed Communion

How big or small should communion be? Should all visitors be allowed to participate? If you include any, how can you exclude others? If you exclude any, how can you include others? There are Bible reasons to limit communion only to a local church’s membership.


See Also:
The Lesson of the Locust 

Should a Church Have a Piano?

This question may bother or offend you, just as it did us when first confronted with the Bible about it. Here is an article for those who care what the God of the Bible says rather than what everyone is now doing. Will you consider it with us?


What Is a Church?

Church attendance, membership, and service matters little today. So-called Christians float from one church to another like club-hopping! Here is the truth about the church – how important it is to God by what the Bible says about it.

Review of Church Discipline

Church membership is serious business, and public sinners should be put out. However, hardly any churches practice this part of apostolic religion. Do you know the Bible doctrine? Where it is taught? Does your church practice it?

More Sermons about Church


Should pastor-teachers be supported full-time?

But didn’t Paul work to provide for himself?

My church is in error – what should I do?

Am I forsaking the assembly if I leave a church in error?

Should Christians be communistic and share all assets?

Did the church at Jerusalem share all things alike?

Do you practice integrated family worship?

Do you practice head covering for women?

What do you wear for church assemblies?

What kind of music do you have?

How much entertainment do you have?

Why do you use three songbooks or hymnals?

Do you practice church discipline?

Why do you say “let” God be true?

Are you a church?

What denomination are you?

How can I donate to your church?

Is there a church like yours near me?

Isn’t tithing only for the Old Testament?

How much should I give?

To whom should I give?