For the next few days, I suggest you jump onto www.biblegateway.com and go to keyword search. Type in the word “church” and read through the different verses that come up. You’ll be surprised at the range of meaning given to the word. Some verses DIRECTLY tie together the idea of Christ’s “Body” Soma with “Church” Ecclesia. But look for two different distinctions as you read through the verses and see if you can organize the passages under the following headings.
Universal Church Passages:
Local Church Passages:
And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.