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May 6, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

What is our role as Christians and the purpose of the Chuch?

Foundational Concepts on the Purpose of the Church:

1. God has a play for the life of each human being (1 Timonthy 2:3-4)

2. The primary “calling” or mission for Christians is in the world and not on the church property. (Mark 16:15)

3. Many Christians are unskilled in relating their faith to daily life. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

4. The primary task of the church is to develop mature disciples ford minitry in the world. (Ephesians 4:11-12)

5. Christians must learn how to live and articulate their faith in a sometimes hostile society (Matthew 28: 19, 1 Peter 3:15-16)

6. Preachers must see preaching as a life-choice not a career
(Romans 1: 14-15; 1st Corinthians 9:16-18, 2 Timothy 4: 1-5)

7. Spiritual leaders must be more concerned about the authority and less about control in the life of the congregation
(1 Peter 5:1-4, Colossians 3:17)

8. Spiritual leaders much begin communicating agin.
(Malachi 3:16-18)

Reflections:
One through five seem to relate to an individual level and six through eight are perhaps more institutional.

The Churches Purpose as Articulated in the Bible:
• Matthew 28:18-20
• Acts 2: 40-47
• Ephesians 4:11-12
• Galatians 6:10

Four Core Purposes and Roles of the Church and its Leaders
1) Evangelize
2) Edify
3) Equip
4) Encourage

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