The ministry of Jesus Christ grew steadily over three years. He personally had his own ministry to perform and made provision for that ministry to continue through the church. This is why we need to understand that Christ started the church. It was not started on the day of Pentecost. Those who belonged to the church after Jesus ascended were instilled as the church body by the Holy Spirit.
The church is different from anything else in the world. It is a body of baptized believers bought by the blood and bound by the Bible. This is people in a voluntary commitment in covenant with God. In Romans 12: 4,5 we see that is a living organism.
The church is a spiritual temple as stated in 1 Peter 2:5. As a worship organization, there are sacrifices connected with it. Hebrews 13: 15 mentioned the sacrifice of praise. Then in verse sixteen it mentioned the sacrifice of good deeds. Going on to Romans 12: 1 the church as a sacrifice of dedicated lives.
The church is a union. Workers and leaders unite together dedicated by the need as it mentioned in Ephesians 4: 11 and Luke 9: 62. As a union it reflects Christ and his work. During the functioning of the church members Christ said that we are to remember what he did. He told Peter in Matthew 16:18 that on faith he would build his church. By the time that Jesus was crucified and resurrected, his church had already grown to approximately one hundred twenty people. In the book of Acts, multiple times the Scripture records that numbers of people were added to the church into the thousands.
What a privilege we have to know that we are part of the body of Christ and a member of God’s family. Because Christ ascended to heaven and we are many, he said in John 14: 12 that we will do greater works than he because Christ ascended to the Father. Just think how wonderful it is that we are part of the body of Christ and also function on his behalf doing the works through us that God would so desire on this earth!