When a person is born again, they become part of the family of God. That person now has a relationship not only with God, but with all other believers. They are now brothers and sisters in the Lord. This new relationship makes those within the church a family. Just like in a home, the church functions more peacefully when the family works together in unity. All members of the body of Christ have unique talents and callings. These ministries all work together to accomplish one goal, to bring others to know the love of Christ.
(Romans 12 :5 So we, many, are one body in Christ . . .
Of the 117 times the word church appears in the New Testament, 95 times are in reference to the local congregation of believers. This is the visible church. The Bible puts a strong emphasis on the importance of coming together as a body of believers. (Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another. . .”)
Two important facts concerning the purpose of the local church is that
1) You need the ministry of the church, which can fully come to you as you become involved with it, and the 2) fact is that the church, in order to carry out its divine commission, needs you.
The local church, through the preaching of the gospel, is a place for salvation of the unbeliever and for nurturing the new believer.
(1 Corinthians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 3:1, 2; 1 Peter 2:2)
The local church provides teaching and stability, which is strong defense against error. (2 Timothy 2:2; Titus1:10, 11, 13)
The local church provides a place to receive power. A place where believers can receive power that they might be fully equipped to stand successfully against the attacks of the enemy. (Acts 4:23-33)
The local church is a fellowship of believers to whom we can turn in times of sorrow, sickness, or discouragement. Times of crisis become a great means of great witness to the world as the church stands together. What a great joy it is to receive comfort and encouragement from fellow believers. (John 13:35; Acts 2:42-47; 4:23)