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In my last three or so writings, I spoke of the importance of church membership. So now let us consider the importance of the local church. We begin by noting how the church came about. It is not the invention of man, but of Jesus Christ Himself as we find in Matthew 16:18. Jesus is speaking. "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. The word used for “church” means “the called out ones.” So we can say Jesus created the church upon the rock or foundational truth of Peter’s statement in verse 16, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus did not create the church to be an organization, but a living body as Paul explains in Roman 12:5, “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Paul gives further explanation in Ephesians 5:23. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Jesus created the church to be a body, a living organism, and whoever believes in Jesus as Savior and Lord is a member of the body, and Christ Jesus is the head. I would say we have a good head on our shoulders.
Jesus created His church for a purpose. That purpose is revealed in Ephesian 3:10 “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord…” (NKJV) The sole and eternal purpose of the church is to declare the redemptive plan of God in the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus. As surely the various parts of our physical body has purpose, so also each member of the body of Christ has purpose which is to proclaim Jesus Christ and His salvation.
On a more personal side, the church also exists to encourage and care for one another. Hebrews 10:24 tells us the church is meant to stimulate one another to love and good works. Galatians 6:2 informs us as members of the body of Christ we are to bear one another’s burden. Acts 2:45 instructs the church is to meet one another’s needs. In the Book of Acts, the church comes together for mutual support, instruction in the Word of God, to pray, and to worship and praise the Lord God for His goodness. In the context of the local church, we also find opportunity to give back to the Lord through our time, talents, and tithes and offerings. In all of this, the church helps build our Christ-like character.