"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20)
According to the Scriptures the Church is the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, and as such is the most important organism beneath the sun. She is not one more good institution along with the home, the state and the school; she is the most vital of all institutions - the only one that can claim a heavenly origin.
The cynic may inquire which church we mean, and may remind us that the Christian church is so divided that it is impossible to tell which is the true one, even if such a one exists.
Being inside the Church we are probably as well aware of her faults as any person on the outside could possibly be. And we believe in her nevertheless wherever she manifests herself in a world of darkness and unbelief.
The Church is found wherever the Holy Spirit has drawn together a few persons who trust Christ for their salvation, worship God in spirit and have no dealings with the world and the flesh.
The Church was never intended to be a natural and intellectual organization, but a supernatural instrumentality wholly dependent upon the power of God.
~A. W. Tozer~