What do you think of when you hear the word “church”? Many think of a building where people assemble for worship. Some may have the idea that the church is simply a social organization and others feel that the church is not even important. Many who believe the church is not important believe we can be saved outside the church. So we can see that there are many ideas, theories and opinions about this great institution.
Some may be surprised to find that the church is not a material building or meeting place. In reality the church is the Lord’s body. Note the words of Paul in Eph. 1:22-23:
 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all
The church is made up of people who have obeyed God (obeyed the commands of the gospel and are living a faithful Christian life) and as a result are the children of God.
Writing to Christians in Corinth Paul stated, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular (1 Cor. 12:27). In Acts 2:47 we find that when one obeys God he is added to the church – “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. So, when one obeys the truth, the Lord simply adds him to those who are already Christians, or children of God, or those who already make up the church.
Let us note also that the church is not a social organization that one belongs in order to be involved in social activities. The church is a blood bought institution (Acts 20:28) and all saved souls belong to the church. The church exists not for socialization but for salvation.
It is sad that many feel the church is not important. If Christ shed His blood to purchase the church, so that the church might exist, then it is important. According to Acts 2:47 mentioned above the saved are added, by the Lord, to His church.
We encourage you to look at what the Bible says about the church, the church of the New Testament.