The Purpose of the Church

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What is the purpose of the Church?

Let me ask the same question another way: ‘What is God’s purpose for those He saved and left in the world?’

Titus 2:14 gives us the answer.

“Jesus Christ…gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:14)

Good works.

There are many good works, but the one “good work” that encompasses all others is the work of evangelizing and making disciples of all nations.

It seems to me that, based on the Book of Acts, the primary purpose of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission.

What is the Great Commission?

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… making disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19, 20)

They fulfilled the Great Commission by preaching, teaching, and exhortation, and that’s what we are to do today.

 

I. Preaching – To proclaim or to announce the Good News.

a. Preaching directed toward unbeliever, and carried out by gifted evangelist, as well as ordinary Christians.

b. As we study Acts, we’ll find the gospel preached by gifted evangelist, such as Peter, Stephen, Phillip, Paul, Barnabas and Apollos, as well as by ordinary Christians who went everywhere preaching the Good News!

c. We also find occasions where preaching is directed toward groups of people, such as the thousands Peter preached to on the day of Pentecost, as well as occasions where the preaching is directed toward individuals as in the case of Phillip and the Ethiopian, and Paul and Barnabas with the Proconsul Sergius Paulus.

d. We today must proclaim the Good News to the unsaved!

1. Through gifted evangelist to groups of people, special rallies etc…

2. Through ordinary Christians telling friends, neighbors, co-workers, people on the streets, in the shops, in the park, on the beach etc.

 

II. Teaching- Directed toward believers with the intent of bringing them to maturity in the faith.

a. Making Disciples!

That is what the church did then.

This is what the church is to do now.

1. Peter, James, John- The Jerusalem church.

2. Paul in Corinth and Ephesus. (Leaving or sending Timothy and Titus etc.)

b. Follow up on those who come to faith.

Get them plugged in!

 

III. Exhortation- Helping people apply what they are learning, helping people discover their gifts and calling.

a. According to the Scriptures every Christian is a member of the body of Christ and has a special function to perform.
Every Christian has a gift from God to share with others.

Some prophecy, some serving, teaching, encouraging, mercy, helps, hospitality, giving, leading, administrating etc.

b. Some will use their gifts more outside the walls of the Church i.e. workplace, neighborhood, school etc.

Some will use their gifts more among the assembly of the saints.

Everyone to a certain extent will use their God given gifts in both arenas.

The goal being of course, making disciples!

Jesus said his church would be:

1. The salt of the earth.

2. The light of the world.

 

The primary purpose of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission.

I. Preaching – To proclaim or to announce the Good News.

II. Teaching – Directed toward believers with the intent of bringing them to maturity in the faith.

III. Exhortation – Helping people apply what they are learning, helping people discover their gifts and calling.