Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The purpose of the church not the purpose driven church...

Last night I had the pleasure of going to a local fellowship and eating free pizza. Plus getting a chance to win an Xbox 360. I went because my kids came home from school with about 12-13 tickets that advertised this special gospel meeting. It was an outreach for the youth. A gentleman from Ft. Worth, Texas was brought in to evangelize to the youth and adults.
I actually had a good time. The pizza was good and the message was good also. Anytime you can be around someone to hear the message of Jesus should be good. Amen!
Anyway, to the title of the post.
What is the purpose of the church?
According to the bible it is the following: First and foremost it is to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. Also we are to build each other up, fellowship by having the Lord's supper and preaching, teaching and singing all for the glory of God. Third is to go out. We are called to go out and reach the lost. We are compelled to go out into the world. Yet the way things are set up we are purposely driven to stay where we are and call the lost to come to us.
Jesus never invited anyone to the synagogue to hear His message. He went out to where the sick and lost were. Now He did go to the temple to teach, but remember who He was talking too. The unregenerate Jews. Or rather the lost.
You see the harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Those are the words of Jesus spoken to His disciples.
So we don't need to be a purpose driven church if the church was doing it's purpose.
What are you doing to help advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ our King?
Don't just sit and hear a good sermon every Sunday and think you have fulfilled your purpose. No, go out. Do you have neighbors? Then chances are you are around lost people who need Jesus where they are and don't ever have any intentions of setting foot in a building.
If you are a saint called out by God then you are the church set apart to fulfill the great commission.

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