The New Testament Sense

  In the New Testament the word "church" is used to refer to the disciples of Christ or a universal sense such as in Matt. 16: 18; Eph. 5: 23.

  It is also used to refer to Christians in a given locality as in 2 Cor. 1: 1; Romans 16: 16.

  It is also used to refer to brethren in assembly as in 1 Cor. 11: 18.

  It is never used to refer to a denomination (none existed) and no denomination can qualify for the way the word "church" is used in the New Testament.

  Consequently, no denomination can correctly be called the church of the Bible in the sense of the Scripture. That is a simple truth we must accept..