Summary

In summary, the church is not a building or a denomination. According to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Local churches are gatherings of members of the universal church. The local church is where the members of the universal church can function out of the gifts given them by the Holy Spirit at their new birth. Some of these gifts are, encouraging, teaching, and building one another up in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12)