A true local church, as the Bible sets it out and as I understand it, is a group of true disciples of The Lord who are committed to The Lord and to His mandate to seek and save the lost as we go into all the world.
These true converts would also be committed to one another standing together as they live their lives as Christians and face situations as well as persecution in the world. They would truly, in thought, word and deed “love one another,” encourage one another,” and “bear each other’s burdens.” No one would stand alone because everyone sees themselves as a member of the family and if one member hurts we all hurt.
True believers are also committed to obeying His Word – all of His Word and not just the parts that we happen to like. This means being committed to everything The Lord teaches and the Scriptures stand for regardless of our opinions or thoughts on the matter. Jesus said, “if you love Me, you will obey Me.”
Those who belong to a local church will also be committed to a common vision. If that commitment is not there then the believer should be asking The Lord to show them the church they should become a part of. 1 Corinthians 12 states that “God places each member in the body of His choice.” So, sharing the vision of the local church is essential.
Of course, it goes without saying, that those who belong to a local church would want to be accountable to spiritual leadership. This is not a popular thing to mention in today’s world of ‘do your own thing’ and being accountable to yourself and no one else. But, the Bible states that we need to submit to biblical leadership and become accountable to them for your life as a disciple of The Lord Jesus.
The local church is a group of believers meeting together regularly, caring for one another, watching out for one another and corporately seeking to worship, sere God and reach those who do not know Jesus.
That is a local church, whatever its size, style, or building in which it meets.
Simple! Don’t complicate it. Find one and join it – becoming an active and productive member of the Body of Christ. This is God’s plan for all of His people… and we need to simply get on with what He has asked us to do.