When the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2, the Lord Jesus began the church. Everyone who was saved since the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 became a member of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is made up of all persons saved since Acts 2 until the Lord returns to take us to Heaven. The Bible uses the word body in the same sense as we do in referring to our human bodies. Our body is made up of all our body parts; so all our body parts are referred to as one body.
The local church is made up of a group of Christians who are in fact a part of the whole body of Christ. Some refer to this as the Universal Church because all Christians are in it. The local church however, which the Bible speaks the most about, is made up of a group of believers joined together in a small geographic location to serve the Lord. That is what our church is.


The indwelling of the Holy Spirit begins when a person believes in the Lord Jesus and is saved.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).

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