I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
1 Timothy 3:14-15
Jesus is building His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Scripture describes a pattern for the church. When the church assembles, certain things must happen, certain leaders must teach and serve, and the gospel must be proclaimed, guarded, and defended solely by the church.
The church is first and foremost God's household. He has designed the church to be like family. It is close. It is practical. It is day to day. It has structure, direction, and leadership as the church worships God and centers on the gospel.
Church is the place where God lives. He is at work in the church. In each Christian life that is gathered, Jesus lives. And the church is His unique Body. Find the church to find Jesus alive!
The church also uniquely supports and displays the truth to the world. The church is absolutely essential to the spread of the gospel. We must make disciples and then gather them into organized local churches so that God's design is honored.