To make a statement “We are the Church”, is biblical . . . true.
John 10:3,4,11,27,28 - he calleth his own sheep by name - the sheep follow him for they know his voice - the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep - my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me - and I give unto them eternal life.
Ephesians 5:25 – Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.
* church - Greek: ekklesia - "a calling out"; hence "the called" of God.
Proverbs 20:12 – The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
Isaiah 50:5 – He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned - the Lord God hath opened mine ear.
Matthew 11:15 – He that hath ears to hear, let him hear –
* hear - Greek: akouo - to understand by imperative command; having the same effectual work of God as when he said "Let there be light" - It is so.
In ancient Israel the kingdom was considered a sheepfold, ruled by a shepherd-king. The subjects were called sheep (Ezek. 34:2-10). The whole people of Israel was designated “the church” as a divinely called congregation. The early Christians believed themselves to be this “church” or true sheep of Israel. Stephen spoke of this church being in the wilderness with Moses (Acts 7:38). The church (called out) and sheep are equivalent terms. The sheep are “called out” of this world to live righteously as the kingdom of God (Luke 17:21). Israel was called The Kingdom of God (or heaven). Jesus as the shepherd-king died only for His sheep (the church). Jesus died for an exact people.