Church (Greek- ekklesia) means “Gathering; Assembly; Called-out ones.” When you see the word “church” in the Bible, it is the Greek word ekklesia. In the Bible, this word is first used by Jesus in Matthew 16:18 “ And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The church is not a specific place, but it is a people. The church is not just any people, but it is the people who have been redeemed and reconciled to God, by the Holy Spirit, because of Jesus’ perfect work on their behalf- His life, death, and resurrection. The church is made up of all those that God has saved.
There are 2 basic ways we look at the church: 1) The Visible Church, made up of all living members of many local churches all throughout the world. There are saved and lost people in TVC. TVC is made up of many varying denominations, church-governments, and are a part of the body of Christ. 2) The Invisible Church, made up of those who have truly repented of their sin, put their faith in Jesus Christ, and are a part of the one universal church; i.e. The Bride of Christ. TIC is made up of all those who are living and dead in Christ, no single denomination, the entire body of Christ, and of which Christ is the only head. (Revelation 19:9, 1 Corinthians 11:23, Matthew 16:18)