Q. Who is the Church? What church or group of people will be raptured? Some churches claim that they are the true church and that they are the one’s who are going to be raptured, and they use the reference in Revelation 3:10. Why is it so important to join a church? Most of them are not righteous. I don’t think God’s church is in one or two locations. I think the church is scattered all over the world consisting of righteous people who believe in Jesus Christ and know that he will come soon. What does the Bible say about my opinion of these issues?
A. As long as you believe that our righteousness comes by faith (Romans 3:21-24), your thinking is right in line with the Bible. The one true church is the body of born-again believers from every nationality and every race who believe Jesus died for their sins and rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-4), and have invited Him into their hearts. That’s the group who will be raptured. As someone once said, you can’t join the Church, you have to be born into it.
As for joining a local congregation, it’s not necessary but it can be a blessing. It’s good way to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), and enjoy the fellowship of other believers.