A question we should continually ask ourselves is “What is the Church”? It seems to me that very often the Church is defined as an institution or building. However, the word church in the Bible means something different. Dr. Michael L. Williams explains “what is church” in an insightful article titled “What is the Bible Definition of Church? What is The Biblical View of Church?” He wrote in the conclusion,
When Jesus had dinner at Matthew’s house He was asked how He could spend time eating with sinners (Matthew 9:9-13). When Jesus heard this He answered with words that were very telling. He said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” With these words, Jesus described the church. Imperfect people who know they needed a Savior, working together to build relationships, help those in need, and to glorify God by striving to be like Christ and share His love with others.