The English translation of a Greek word (ekkl–esia) meaning “assembly” or “gathering.” In the NT, “church” always denotes a group of people, either all the Christians in a city (Acts 14:23; 1Cor 1:2; 2Cor 1:1) or those gathered for worship in a particular house (Rom 16:5; 1Cor 16:19) or all Christians in all the churches, the whole church (Matt 16:18; Eph 1:22). It never signifies a building or a “denomination.”

Acts 14:23

23And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

1Cor 1:2

2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on t ... View more

2Cor 1:1

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints thro ... View more

Rom 16:5

5Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.

1Cor 16:19

19The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, greet you warmly in the Lord.

Matt 16:18

18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Eph 1:22

22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,

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