Monthly Archives: May 2013

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    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2 The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

Last week I posted three things that I believe all churches should be focused on and dedicated to. Over the years I have noticed that almost all churches are full of great people, and lead by very dedicated, and devoted leaders.  However over time it is easy to forget what the purpose of the church actually is.  There are so many good things that churches focus on, that have little or no impact on the Kingdom of God. Why?  Because they are not part of God’s purpose for the church.  The list I am providing here is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and the things mentioned are in no particular order.  I simply feel that churches should carefully consider what their purpose is, and then fulfill that purpose.  If you have other things you feel should be mentioned by all means feel free to make a comment down below.  Here are three more things to think about when it comes to the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to… Propel Missionaries –  Throughout the book of Acts and indeed the New Testament we see God using churches to propel missionaries like Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, and many others throughout the world.  This should still be one of the primary purposes of all churches.  We must remain focused on the task to winning the world to Christ.  God calls people to the mission field and he calls churches to equip, support, pray for, and provide for those missionaries needs.  The missionary on the field is far less effective without the support of the local church. Many churches today have elected to only support missions through cooperative giving through their denomination.  This […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

What is the purpose of the church?  This is an interesting and complex question that I believe deserves some attention.  So over the next few weeks I am going to post some thoughts about this here on the blog.  If you agree, disagree, or have other things you would like to add to the list along the way please feel free to comment. Rather than discussing all of these in one post I want to spread them out so we have time to consider each point and cover it thoroughly.   The points below and in upcoming posts are in no particular order.  So what is the purpose of the church? To produce disciples: God has always intended that His church would produce disciples.  This evolves the eternal transformation of one’s soul though the blood of Christ.  As well as the daily sanctification that comes when we walk in the Spirit.  Perhaps the most well-known verse on the subject is Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says “go and make disciples of all nations.”  Most believers and church leaders know that we are supposed to make disciples but many churches have ceased to even attempt to make disciples.  Why? To put it simply, because making disciples is hard work.  It takes lots of time, resources, and patience along with many other things.  As a result many simply go about making other things.  They put their focus into making good people, polite people, or politically correct people. Instead of making disciples they are more into making friends, nice church programs, a comfortable atmosphere, or just making excuses as to why they can’t make disciples.  These things are not bad things until they become the central focus in a church, […]

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    Dealing with critics… Dealing with critics…

    Dealing with critics…

Dealing with critics…

There is always someone who thinks they can do it better.  Sometimes your critics are really trying to help you and other times they are trying to hurt you.  Some critics want to see you improve, and others just want you to give up and move on.  This is what makes it so hard when we are dealing with those who criticize a sermon, leadership decision, illustration, or something else.  It is almost impossible to determine whether or not the critic is attempting to be helpful, or just hurtful.  With over fifteen years of ministry under my belt I can honestly say that I have dealt with my share of critics.  So here are some helpful hints that might help you discern between those that honestly want to help, and those that are set on your destruction. Consider the past – Is this a person that is always criticizing you, or someone who in the past has been helpful and encouraging. If it’s the later you probably are facing a critic that is trying to be helpful.  However if grumpy George critics your sermon every week and tells you how well he could have preached the same message, or how when he was a supervisor at work his decision-making was so much better for this reason or that, then you likely have a hurtful critic on your hands. Consider frequency – Helpful critics generally speak up every now and then.  Hurtful critics are always sending you emails, knocking on your door, or calling your cell phone. Consider the criticism –  Does is seem like another petty complaint or is their some validity to their issue? To many leaders after facing years or decades of criticism […]

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    What Do We Do Till Then? What Do We Do Till Then?

    What Do We Do Till Then?

What Do We Do Till Then?

 I recently went on a vacation with my family.  While the vacation was great, the days leading up to the trip were far less enjoyable.  There is so much to do before you leave on a trip.  There are a variety of things at work that must be done.  Your home has to be secured, and prepared for your extended absence.  And many other things get added to your to do list as the day of departure draws near.  All this got me thinking.  What should we be doing right now as we prepare for Jesus’ arrival and our own departure?  I don’t know when Christ will return but I believe that it will be soon.  And the fact remains one way or the other we are all one day closer to our departure from this earth.  So here are the three things I think we should all be doing. We should all be listening and looking for Christ’s arrival.  1 Thessalonians 4:16 says he will arrive with a loud command.  Other places in scripture like Hebrews9:26-28, say that he will appear and we will be able to see him.  So it only makes sense that we would all be both listening and looking for Christ.  Luke 12:40 proclaims that the date and hour is unknown, but if we are watching and listening daily we won’t be surprised. Next we should all continue to labor until he returns.  In 2 Timothy 4 we see the Apostle Paul encourage Timothy to “preach the word” and “be prepared” among other things.  Paul told Timothy to do these things “in view of his appearing” (NIV84). In other words the swift return of Christ should move us to labor […]

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