What does the word "church" bring to mind?

What does the word "church" bring to mind?

by John R. Gibson


  • An elaborate, cathedral-like structure? Or perhaps a simple country building?
  • Good food?
  • Recreational opportunities?
  • Scouts, child care, education?
  • Political protests?

If these are things you associate with the word “church,” we urge you to consider the following facts…

  1. In the Bible “church” always refers to people and is never used of a physical structure.



  1. The New Testament teaches that meals eaten to satisfy physical hunger were to be separated from the church assemblies.
    • “Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home.” Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, and give special attention to vv. 22, 34.


  1. While the New Testament has much to say about the church, no mention is made of churches being involved in recreation, secular education, political protest, and the like.
    • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1617.


  1. The word “church” should bring to mind sinners saved by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
    • “The church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28


In light of these scriptural facts, the Christians who meet regularly at 17312 Jones Road in Athens, AL are seeking to be…


  1. A church belonging only to God and His Son Jesus Christ without any denominational ties.


            Romans 16:161 Corinthians 1:2


  1. A church following the Bible without any human creed.


            Revelation 22:18192 Timothy 3:1617Galatians 1:8


  1. A church emphasizing the gospel of Jesus Christ and its power to save.


            Romans 1:162 Thessalonians 1:8


  1. A church that, without pride or arrogance, has the courage and conviction to question those who have made changes in God’s ways.


            2 Thessalonians 2:1-121 Timothy 4:1-5


We sincerely hope that the information contained in this brief article will generate a deeper interest in spiritual things and if you are interested in our non-denominational pursuit of truth and salvation, we would urge you to visit any of our assemblies or contact us with your questions or concerns.


All quotations from the New King James Version, copyright 1994, Thomas Nelson, Inc.