Bible Verses about the Church

Introduction to what the Bible says about the Church

These Bible verses about the Church give us a clear picture of what the Bible, and in particular the New Testament, says about this doctrine of the fellowship of believers.

Bible Verses about the Church
Contents

  1. Introduction to what the Bible says about the Church
  2. A Letter for you made of Bible verses about the Church
  3. Scripture References for The Church, my Son’s promised bride, a Letter composed of paraphrased Bible Verses about the Church
  4. The complete Bible verses about the Church cited in the Letter and listed in the order they appear in the Bible
  5. More Bible verses about the Church
  6. Read these Bible verses about the Church in another Bible translation
  7. Bible Study Tools and further Christian Resources for Bible Study
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The Bible tells us that, contrary to the opinions of many, the church is not an institution, nor is it in fact a building we can go to, rather these Bible verses show us that we ourselves are the church, we are the building that Jesus instituted and which each of us become.

God loves us all, both individually and collectively. These Bible verses about the church reveal that God loves us each so much that He gave His only begotten and beloved Son to save us so that we could come home to Him. God is building His church and once we are saved we are placed like living bricks into the church He is building on the foundations of Christ and the teachings of the apostles.

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God Himself is building His church and adding people daily to the body of believers that make up Christ’s body here on earth. You see, the purpose of the church is to be the body of Christ in the world—God wants to work in the world through us. We are to care for everyone in the body, by feeding them the word of God, being concerned for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and encouraging them to use their God-given talents to serve God, each other and the hurting world around us.

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The letter that follows is based on the eleventh chapter of the Christian book Letters from Home, Our Father’s Message of Love and is called, The Church, My Son’s Promised Bride. This Letter from Home is composed of many Bible verses about the church that have been organized and paraphrased into the first person to read as if the letter comes from our Father God Himself.

As you read these Bible verses about the church, open ourselves up to receive the vision, love, power and strength we need to be the compassion of God and the very hands and feet of Christ Himself right where we are in this world.

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A Letter for you made of Bible verses about the Church

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You are called to be holy and united with all my children,[1] So take your place among those who are sanctified by their faith in my Son,[2] with all who call on Jesus—for he is both your Lord and theirs.[3]

You have all been baptized by my Spirit into one body, my church; all my children have been given the same Spirit to drink.[4] I am your God, the Father of your Lord. Through my loving kindness you were reborn into a living hope[5] and given the gift of my very own Spirit.[6]

Let peace rule in your heart,[7] and listen to the words of my Spirit.[8] By your new birth, you have entered the church, my child, and your name is written in heaven.[9]

Do not be the cause of anyone’s failures, no matter what their background is.[10] For here in the church there is no difference between anyone—my Son is everything and in everyone.[11]

My Son is building his church,[12] and every day I add all those I have saved to their number.[13] By our Spirit you have been baptized into the body of Christ.[14] By their belief, my sons and daughters are added.[15]

My children are a holy nation, chosen to be my royal priesthood.[16] As citizens of heaven,[17] you are not of this world.[18] Christ has set you free from your sins and is making you into a kingdom of priests, ready to serve your Father in heaven.[19] You belong to me so that you may boldly praise my Son who called you into his glorious light.[20]

He loves his church as a husband loves his wife; he gave himself up for her to save her and make her holy. He will soon present her to himself—a radiant bride, a church without blemish—both holy and innocent.[21] When the time comes, when the bride has made herself ready, the wedding will commence and you will have the greatest joy.[22] For the bridegroom is the King himself, the Lord of lords,[23] the very Word of God.[24]

She, the church, is his body; he is both her head and Saviour.[25] For her sake I have placed everything under his feet.[26] Truly, everyone invited to this wedding celebration is blessed indeed,[27] for the union of Christ and his bride is a profound mystery.[28]

As I present the pure church to her promised husband,[29] she should submit herself to him,[30] for you cannot be joined to both the ways of the world—seeking pleasure and success at all costs—and also to Christ: this is adulterous.[31]

My Spirit lives in every one of my children,[32] and everyone is being built into my spiritual house, just as if you were living stones.[33] You have been laid upon the foundation of my apostles and prophets,[34] some of whom were hunted, some beaten and some killed.[35] Christ himself is the building’s most important stone, and[36] as its foundation, cannot be replaced.[37] Through him the entire building rises in unity as my children are constructed into a home fit for our Spirit.[38]

Your foundation is on rock; nothing can make you fall, for you have heard my Son’s words and applied them in your life.[39] All my children drink from the same spiritual rock—the rock that is my Son.[40]

I will enlighten the eyes of your heart so you may know the hope to which you have been called.[41] As you have such a hope—be bold![42] What was once so glorious, is nothing at all compared with that which surpasses all—the everlasting glory![43]

Just as it has been from the very beginning, my children the church should devote themselves to my teaching, their fellowship, prayer and the Lord’s Supper.[44] My Son and my Spirit both urge you to pray for the people you know.[45]

Participate in the Lord’s Supper, the body and blood of the Christ.[46] His body is the living bread that comes from heaven: if you eat of this you will surely live forever.[47] Examine yourself and then[48] take and eat—it is his body; drink from the blood of the covenant,[49] the new covenant in his blood,[50] and divide it among you,[51] remembering what my Son has accomplished for you;[52] for he has bought the church with his blood.[53]

Fill your mind with thoughts of whatever is pure, whatever is noble and true, whatever is excellent or worthy of praise.[54] Help prepare all my children for their service, so that Christ’s body is fully developed, instructed and enlightened, growing in faith and the knowledge of my Son,[55] speaking the truth in love,[56] becoming mature and desiring to achieve all it can be,[57] overflowing with gratitude and thankfulness.[58]

I give gifts to everyone in the church: some can teach, some can heal and some can help.[59] But whatever you do, work alongside me[60] without complaint or argument so that you are without fault in this world.[61] Be strong and brave, do not be discouraged or paralysed by your fear.[62] But, be my witness of the suffering, dying and risen Christ, and about the fact that sins are forgiven for all who turn to me.[63]

All that people must do is confess: “Jesus is Lord,” and believe that I raised him from the dead, and they will be saved.[64] They will receive the Spirit just as you have,[65] and they too will be my very own children through their faith in my Son.[66]

Have you not been told to deliver this good news?[67] You have been sent—so go and make disciples in every country.[68] Go into all creation and tell everyone my good news,[69] be my witnesses to the very ends of the earth[70] and baptize into my family all who believe, both male and female,[71] in the name of your Father, my Son and the Holy Spirit.[72] Entrust what I have told you to reliable people and they will then be qualified to teach others.[73]

Just as my Son is the great Shepherd,[74] so should you also guard my children.[75] Be, yourself, a shepherd to my flock.[76]

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Scripture References for The Church, my Son’s promised bride, a Letter composed of paraphrased Bible Verses about the Church

[1] 1 Corinthians 1:2
[2] Acts 26:18
[3] 1 Corinthians 1:2
[4] 1 Corinthians 12:13
[5] 1 Peter 1:3
[6] Acts 2:38
[7] Colossians 3:15
[8] Revelation 2:7
[9] Hebrews 12:23
[10] 1 Corinthians 10:32
[11] Colossians 3:11
[12] Matthew 16:18
[13] Acts 2:47
[14] 1 Corinthians 12:13
[15] Acts 5:14
[16] 1 Peter 2:9
[17] Philippians 3:20
[18] John 17:14
[19] Revelation 1:5–6
[20] 1 Peter 2:9
[21] Ephesians 5:25–27
[22] Revelation 19:7
[23] Revelation 19:16
[24] Revelation 19:13
[25] Ephesians 5:23
[26] Ephesians 1:22
[27] Revelation 19:9
[28] Ephesians 5:32
[29] 2 Corinthians 11:2
[30] Ephesians 5:24
[31] James 4:4
[32] 1 Corinthians 3:16
[33] 1 Peter 2:5
[34] Ephesians 2:20
[35] Matthew 23:34
[36] Ephesians 2:20–21
[37] 1 Corinthians 3:11
[38] Ephesians 2:21–22
[39] Matthew 7:24–25
[40] 1 Corinthians 10:4
[41] Ephesians 1:18
[42] 2 Corinthians 3:12
[43] 2 Corinthians 3:10–11
[44] Acts 2:42
[45] Romans 15:30
[46] 1 Corinthians 10:16
[47] John 6:51
[48] 1 Corinthians 11:28
[49] Matthew 26:26–28
[50] Luke 22:20
[51] Luke 22:17
[52] Luke 22:19
[53] Acts 20:28
[54] Philippians 4:8
[55] Ephesians 4:12–13
[56] Ephesians 4:15
[57] Ephesians 4:13
[58] Colossians 2:7
[59] 1 Corinthians 12:28
[60] 1 Corinthians 3:9
[61] Philippians 2:14–15
[62] 1 Chronicles 22:13
[63] Luke 24:46–48
[64] Romans 10:9
[65] Acts 10:47
[66] Galatians 3:26
[67] Romans 10:15
[68] Matthew 28:19
[69] Mark 16:15
[70] Acts 1:8
[71] Acts 8:12
[72] Matthew 28:19
[73] 2 Timothy 2:2
[74] Hebrews 13:20
[75] Acts 20:28
[76] 1 Peter 5:2

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The complete Bible Verses About the Church cited above and listed in the order that they are found in the Bible

1 Chronicles 22:13

Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

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Matthew 7:24-25

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Matthew 16:18

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 23:34

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Matthew 26:26-28

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mark 16:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Luke 22:17

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

Luke 22:19

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Luke 22:20

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Luke 24:46-48

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And ye are witnesses of these things.

John 6:51

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 17:14

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:38

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:42

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 2:47

Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts 5:14

And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

Acts 8:12

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 10:47

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Acts 20:28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:15

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 15:30

Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

1 Corinthians 1:2

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

1 Corinthians 3:9

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:11

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 10:4

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:16

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

1 Corinthians 10:32

Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

1 Corinthians 11:28

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1 Corinthians 12:13

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:28

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

2 Corinthians 3:10-11

For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

2 Corinthians 3:12

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

2 Corinthians 11:2

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:18

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:22

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

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Ephesians 2:20-22

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:12-13

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:15

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Ephesians 5:23

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Ephesians 5:24

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5:25-27

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:32

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Philippians 2:14-15

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Philippians 3:20

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:11

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

2 Timothy 2:2

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Hebrews 12:23

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Hebrews 13:20

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 2:5

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

1 Peter 5:2

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Revelation 1:5-6

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 2:7

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 19:7

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Revelation 19:9

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Revelation 19:13

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Revelation 19:16

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

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 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

If you have any suggestions for any more Bible verses that have not yet been included above, but which also help reveal what the Church is and what her roles should be, please do leave a comment below and I’ll add them here.

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Read these Bible Verses About the Church in Another Bible Translation

The Bible verses in the list above are taken from the King James Version (KJV). To read all these Bible verses about the Church in different versions, copy the list of references below and paste them into the search box on BibleGateway.com. From here you can choose from more than 30 different English language versions alone and many more translations in other languages.

1 Chr 22:13; Matt 7:24-25; Matt 16:18; Matt 23:34; Matt 26:26-28; Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 22:17; Luke 22:19; Luke 22:20; Luke 24:46-48; John 6:51; John 17:14; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:42; Acts 2:47; Acts 5:14; Acts 8:12; Acts 10:47

Acts 20:28; Acts 26:18; Rom 10:9; Rom 10:15; Rom 15:30; 1 Cor 1:2; 1 Cor 3:9; 1 Cor 3:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 1 Cor 10:4; 1 Cor 10:16; 1 Cor 10:32; 1 Cor 11:28; 1 Cor 12:13; 1 Cor 12:28; 2 Cor 3:10-11; 2 Cor 3:12; 2 Cor 11:2; Gal 3:26; Eph 1:18

Eph 1:22; Eph 2:20; Eph 2:21; Eph 4:12-13; Eph 4:15; Eph 5:23; Eph 5:24; Eph 5:25-27; Eph 5:32; Phil 2:14-15; Phil 3:20; Phil 4:8; Col 2:7; Col 3:11; Col 3:15; 2 Tim 2:2; Heb 12:23; Heb 13:20; Jas 4:4; 1 Pet 1:3

1 Pet 2:5; 1 Pet 2:9; 1 Pet 5:2; Rev 1:5-6; Rev 2:7; Rev 19:7; Rev 19:9; Rev 19:13; Rev 19:16

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