Reasons For

The purposes and benefits
of a local church are many.

Geographically, it is to make
sure that everyone has a place
to go to church in their community.
Locals are able to serve their community
with needs with which they are aware of.

Culturally
, it is so that every personality
can find a church family with which they
can relate to.

Organizationally, it is so the local body
does not have dictates from a “corporate committee”
which can stray from true Biblical doctrine. The local independent church is free to govern themselves.

We can look to the Book of Acts for the early days of the Christian church which Jesus founded. From there we look at many of the New Testament epistles written by the Apostles Paul, John, and James for doctrine and church governance.

Church government can get pretty contentious. The fewer layers of hierarchy, the less potential for unbiblical doctrine being instituted by just a few people over many.

The concern (to some) over local independent churches versus denominational churches is, a local church without denominational oversight might stray from Biblical doctrine or denominational leaders exerting power and influence over church branches to follow non-biblical doctrines.

In the Bible, a structure of accountability and authority is to be built into the local church because sometimes this false teacher or prophet can be the pastor!

Jesus knew the potential of this problem of church integrity when He left earth for heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and to hold each of us accountable. He gave the Scriptures to teach us.



Ultimately, we are accountable to God not man. It is God that we should have reverent fear of. The Bible says it is He who calls pastors, teachers, apostles, evangelists, missionaries. They are not called by man or even the local church. However, the local church may and should ordain and send them.

The epistles and the gospels liken the church to a bride and the bridegroom is Jesus.

A local church is composed of assembled born-again believers who have been called by the Holy Spirit to a particular body of believers. They gather together regularly to edify and serve one-another. Each church will have members who serve in various capacities.

The Scofield Study Notes define a local church as: an assembly of professed believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, living for the most part in one locality, who meet together in His name for baptism, the Lord’s Supper, worship, praise, prayer, fellowship, testimony, the ministry of the Word, discipline, and the furtherance of the Gospel (Acts 13:1-4, 20:7; 1 Cor 5:4-5, 14:26; Phil 4:14-18; 1 Thess 1:8; Heb 10:25).

Every local church has Christ as its center, is a temple of God, and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16-17). In organization a local church is composed of saints in Christ Jesus who reside locally and overseers and deacons (Phil 1:1).
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See also section on Elders, Deacons, Leaders.

LIST OF CONGREGATIONS OF LOCAL CHURCHES IN THE BIBLE » Antioch (Acts 13:1)
» Asia (1 Corinthians 16:19; Revelation 1:4)
» Babylon (1 Peter 5:13)
» Cenchrea (Romans 16:1)
» Caesarea (Acts 18:22)
» Cilicia (Acts 15:41)
» Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2)
» Ephesus (Ephesians 1:22; Revelation 2:1)
» Galatia (Galatians 1:2)
» Galilee (Acts 9:31)
» Jerusalem (Acts 15:4)
» Joppa (Acts 9:42)
» Judaea (Acts 9:31)
» Syria (Acts 15:41)
» Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:1)