Understanding the Purpose of the Church
Pastor continued to teach about the purpose of the church, in line with our focus of becoming the dwelling place of God this year. The church refers to those of us who have been called out of the world by God, to live under the authority of Christ as his body. These are the people Jesus is building to be the dwelling place of God according to Ephesians 2:19-22.
As the church, Jesus also gives us our authority and functions in the body. Ephesians 4:11-16. Jesus anoints people in different offices for them to help the church to be equipped for the work of the ministry. Another purpose for the church is to do the work of the ministry. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Ministry does not necessarily mean planting a church. The work of the ministry can be derived from the first sermon Jesus preached in a synagogue in Galilee. “The Spirit of The Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19). This is what Jesus was sent to the world for, and this is what he left us in the world for.
This is the work of the ministry and this is what the church should be doing, if we understand the purpose of our being called out of the world.
Another scripture that confirms this is the one Jesus used to teach the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the account, Jesus talked about a man who was beaten up and left for dead and broken. In the end, he instructs his disciples to go and do what the Good Samaritan did, and this is in line with the account of Luke 4:18-19. The Good Samaritan saw the wounded man and started the work of the ministry immediately.
“And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring on oil and wine, and he sat him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” You can read the account in Luke 10:5-37. This is what the church has been sent to the world to do. This is the purpose of the church! Unfortunately, this purpose of the church has been side-lined by false teachers who are now using the church for wrong things and personal gain, resulting in many people dying in their wounds, many dying in their sins and many dying hopeless and bitter with God.
When God dwells in us again, the original purpose of the church will be understood and we will be effective again as we learn to focus on what God wants us to do. For us to get to this level, we must be prepared to sort out our hearts and attitudes to become a suitable dwelling place for God.
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