Pilgrim’s Keyboard

December 7, 2008

Purpose of the Local Church

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 1:29 pm

What is the purpose of the local church?

The Scriptures seem to indicate that it is threefold:

1) Worship God – John 4:23 / Worship Him in Spirit and truth.

2) Fellowship w/one another – John 13:34-35 / love one another … by this all men will know you are my disciples.

3) Disciple others – Acts 1:8 / You shall be my witnesses … to the end of the earth.

Worship – we need to realize that a church (ekklesia) of Jesus Christ is not a political club nor a social club, but is a local assembly of Jesus Christ. Called out to study the truth and stand firm for the truth of God’s Word. Whenever a local church gathers together it should be to pray, preach, and bring honor and praise worshiping God through our Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Fellowship – we as members of a local congregation are to love one another unconditionally. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Disciple – our mission as a local NT church is not a difficult thing to determine. It is quite evident that a local church is to “go, baptize, and teach” as sent by Christ to all – beginning in Jerusalem (your local area), Judea (your state), Samaria (USA or your country), and to the end of the earth (the nations) – to witness until He returns. Then and only then will the church’s marching orders be rescinded.

God is worthy to be known – those of us who know Christ, let us make Him known to others. May it be the vision of you and the local church, of which you are a member, to begin “reaching out” and telling others of the saving grace of God toward sinners that is found in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.

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