Honestly, I am a local church kind of guy still trying to wrestle with some questions in scripture about the church. Still, I think there is a universal church, in that we are united as believers in Christ. But you will find that the local/universal distinction in scripture is tricky. My buddy Alan believes that it’s not biblical (I don’t think he is saying its unbiblical, as in sinful, only non-biblical, as in a man-created distinction). Ask him some questions and tell him what you think. I believe you will be challenged and grow in your understanding.