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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 […]

I will trust…

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. —Proverbs 3:5–6 NET The fallen nature of man naturally pushes each of us further and further from the joy of trust.  Think for a moment about a small child under the age of three.  These innocent children are extremely trusting.  This is due primarily to the fact that they have yet to learn that not everyone can or should be trusted.  As we mature however we learn these lessons.  Even at the tender ages of say four or five we start to develop our world view, part of this is learning to be skeptical.  Rightly we teach our children to be skeptical of strangers.  They are told not to eat or drink things that smell or look strange before asking an adult.  In the years that follow all children come to learn about deceit, lies, gossip, and the extreme pain associated with such evil. By the time we are in our late teens or early twenties most of humanity despite the country or culture we grew up in become extremely skeptical and UN-trusting.  This characteristic of our humanity is somewhat necessary to our survival in our fallen world, but it leads to major spiritual problems as well. Over time as we progress through this life and we come to understand that there is little we can put our trust in this side of heaven, we can become even UN-trusting of our creator.  This is why so many have trust issues with God when times get hard.  Sure it’s easy to trust God when all is […]

Flying Solo…

I took my first flying lesson when I was 16 years old.  I was hooked from day one!  To this date the scariest flying experience I ever had was the day I first flew solo.  The sky was blue and a calm wind out of the south blew straight down the runway.  These were perfect conditions for my first solo flight.  The instructor had accompanied me on several landings and then said “you’re ready to solo.”  I was so excited as I dropped him off near the hanger and began to taxi away by myself for the first time.  When I got to the end of the runway and started going through my checklist the excitement grew even stronger.  I was so ready!  I made the radio call and on to the active runway I went.  As I pushed the throttle all the way down and started to roll down the runway I was smiling so BIG and almost overcome totally with joy.  However, something very strange happened as I left the ground.  All of a sudden it dawned on me, I was all alone!  My excitement and joy quickly turned to a very nervous anticipation.  What if something went wrong? What if I could not land?  What if I mess up?  There was no longer the accountability, security, and safety of having someone else in the plane to ensure I would survive.  While I was confident in my ability to fly, it was a nerve-wracking experience to be alone. It is acceptable to fly solo as a pilot, however, flying solo spiritually will always lead to certain disaster.  I am always astonished and amazed when I take a close look at the lives of […]

You wanna fight?

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV Fight the good fight of the faith. When I was a child I used to love to fight.  Like most boys wrestling, competing, and even fighting were fun activities in my everyday life.  The pleasure was only enhanced by the fact that I rarely lost a fight.  I was the oldest of four boys, and the second oldest of 7 boys when you include my cousins that I spent almost everyday of my life with until I was 18. Jay (my older cousin) and I would frequently take on the other five in various contests of strength, stamina, and wit, we never lost!  Even when jumped by my three younger brothers I could easily defeat them in a matter of minutes so fighting was fun, for me at least. After spending almost fifteen years in ministry I have observed that many Christians like to fight as well. Far too many take Paul’s words a bit too literal in my opinion, because they seem to always be fighting about something. The sermon was too long or too short so they start a church dispute over it.  Maybe the new paint, carpet, or decorations in the sanctuary don’t meet their standards so it’s time for a fight. Church budgets, buildings, and programs of all shapes and sizes  bring up multiple opportunities for a good fight as well. I have personally seen church disputes break out between members over parking spaces, the sanctuary seating chart, and what time the sprinkler system should come on at night.  Far to many believers love a good fight, maybe that’s why we have so many.  If we look at what Paul said in his text however we will […]

Timothy (1 Thess. 3:1-3)

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