Mark A. Copeland on The Church Universal and Local Distinguished

The Church “Universal”                            The Church “Local”

Composed of all Christians Composed of Christians in onelocation
Began on the Day of Pentecost Begins when people join together
There is just one There are many
Enter only by being added by the Lord Enter by joining ourselves
The Lord keeps the books of membership Enrolled by human judgment
Consists of all the saved Consists of both saved and lost
Must be in this to be saved Do not have to be in this to be saved
Has no earthly organization Has earthly organization
Can’t be divided Can be divided
Death doesn’t affect membership Death does affect membership
Does not have one scriptural name May use different scriptural names

*Mark A. Copeland is a Bible teacher in Kissimmee, Fl.