Local Christian Assembly
This is a "sticky" topic, but it needs to be addressed...
Those of us who have been "set" as ministers of the Gospel and overseers of God's house must remember that the local church, or Christian fellowship, is just that. It's meant to be a fellowship of BELIEVERS who come together to encourage and edify one another.
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
We, as born-again believers... the Church of Jesus Christ, are commanded to fellowship for the purpose of encouragement, strength and biblical instruction. Essentially, the "church" is not merely a building, nor was it ever. It is the family of Christ through the Spirit of adoption, made possible through the blood of our Savior.
This fellowship of believers also serves as a "launching pad" through which servants are separated and sent into the world to build this same Church, the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God. Reference Acts 13:2-3; 14:23.
The fellowship of believers, often referred to as the "local church" or "Christian assembly" is also called as the governmental body of God's Kingdom in the earth. As a Body, we are called to bring instruction, order, correction and love to one another. Reference Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 18:16-17.
This "local church" or "Christian assembly" was established by the Apostles and has a set order which should be followed by New Covenant believers. Reference 2 Thessalonians 3:14; 1 Timothy 3:5.