The Church is the collection of all believers – Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:32; Colossians 1:24.
There are however assemblies of believers in various geographical areas across the world (local churches).
Leaders of these congregations/assemblies do not owe them cos they are for Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:22-32). All these diverse?and numerous units (local assemblies) come together to constitute the Catholic/Universal Church, which is THE BODY OF CHRIST.
Christ has however given some believers gifts which are purely by grace (unmerited favour); i.e. to perfect/properly equip the saints for the work of ministry, and for edifying of The Body of Christ; which is the universal/catholic Church – Ephesians 4:1-16.
Scriptural References: Ephesians 4:1-16, 5:22-32; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:24-29.
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