Lets discuss the meaning of the word "church" in Matt 16:18 As Baptists, we believe the word "church" means a "called out Assembly. However, Mat 16:18 states: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. So we agree that Christ formed the church - but which one - The First Baptist church of Jersuleaum, Trinity Baptist of Samaria, or Faith Baptist of Bethlehem ? So would not this particular verse - possibly pertain to a "universal church"? How can Mat 16:18 only refer to a local church?