40 Bible Verses About Church From Scripture

There are many Bible verses about church that can help you understand how God has set up the church community and wants us to behave as Christians.

Below is a list of the most important scriptures on church in the Bible for you to read, pray about, and apply to your life as a Christian (ordered by the books in the New Testament). The first part includes the best Bible quotes about church (both explicitly and implicitly stated) and the second part contains an entire collection of scripture passages that mention words related to the church, such as “assembly”, “body”, “temple”, and “building”, which are various ways of describing the church body in different contexts and across Bible translations.

Bible Verses About Church

Matthew 16:18

“I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”

Read Matthew 16

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them.”

Read Matthew 18

Acts 2:1-4

Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

Read Acts 2

Acts 2:42

They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.

Read Acts 2

Acts 2:44-47

All who believed were together, and had all things in common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

Read Acts 2

Acts 4:32

The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.

Read Acts 4

Acts 7:48-50

However, the Most High doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, ‘heaven is my throne, and the earth a footstool for my feet. What kind of house will you build me?’ says the Lord. ‘Or what is the place of my rest? Didn’t my hand make all these things?’

Read Acts 7

Acts 12:5

Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the church to God for him.

Read Acts 12

Acts 20:28

“Take heed, therefore, to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God which he purchased with his own blood.”

Read Acts 20

Romans 12:4-5

For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another

Read Romans 12

1 Corinthians 1:10

Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions amongst you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgement. 

Read 1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 3:9

For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s farming, God’s building.

Read 1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are.

Read 1 Corinthians 3

Ephesians 1:22-23

He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Read Ephesians 1

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God, being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Read Ephesians 2

Ephesians 4:4

There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling.

Read Ephesians 4

Colossians 3:15-16

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.

Read Colossians 3

Hebrews 13:17

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Read Hebrews 13

James 5:16

Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.

Read James 5

More Scriptures On Church

Matthew 18:17

“If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector. “

Read Matthew 18

Acts 11:25-26

Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Read Acts 11

Acts 14:23

When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord on whom they had believed.

Read Acts 14

Romans 16:17

Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learnt, and turn away from them.

Read Romans 16

1 Corinthians 10:17

Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread.

Read 1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit.

Read 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12:14-28

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot would say, “Because I’m not the hand, I’m not part of the body,” it is not therefore not part of the body. If the ear would say, “Because I’m not the eye, I’m not part of the body,” it’s not therefore not part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body, just as he desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now they are many members, but one body. The eye can’t tell the hand, “I have no need for you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need for you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. Those parts of the body which we think to be less honourable, on those we bestow more abundant honour; and our unpresentable parts have more abundant modesty, while our presentable parts have no such need. But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honour to the inferior part, that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. When one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. God has set some in the assembly: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various kinds of languages.

Read 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 14:19

However, in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.

Read 1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14:26

What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, or has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up.

Read 1 Corinthians 14

Ephesians 3:6

That the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News.

Read Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3:8-11

To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the administration† of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ, to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Read Ephesians 3

Ephesians 4:25

Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbour, for we are members of one another.

Read Ephesians 4

Colossians 1:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.

Read Colossians 1

Colossians 1:18

He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Read Colossians 1

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the assembly.

Read Colossians 1

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5

1 Timothy 5:17

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in the word and in teaching.

Read 1 Timothy 5

2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching. 

Read 2 Timothy 4

Hebrews 3:6

But Christ is faithful as a Son over his house. We are his house, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope firm to the end.

Read Hebrews 3

Hebrews 10:24-25

Let’s consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Read Hebrews 10

1 Peter 5:1-5

Therefore I exhort the elders amongst you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and who will also share in the glory that will be revealed: shepherd the flock of God which is amongst you, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily; not for dishonest gain, but willingly; not as lording it over those entrusted to you, but making yourselves examples to the flock. When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn’t fade away. Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility and subject yourselves to one another; for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Read 1 Peter 5

Church In the Bible Summary

I hope you enjoyed this list of Bible verses about church.

As you discovered, there are many scriptures on church in the Bible that can give you insight into how God set up the Christian church body and how He wants us to behave as a community of believers. If you’re looking for wisdom in this area of your life, then I encourage you to incorporate as many of these scripture passages into your daily Bible readings and prayers. Doing so will help you understand the Lord’s work in the church for individuals who have dedicated their lives to following Jesus Christ.

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