Posted on September 21, 2012
The Purpose of the Church
Ways and means to accomplish this purpose are:
- Practical, Biblical Instruction: Learning Scripture and applying it to everyday circumstances so members increasingly think and act “biblically” in all of life. This activity primarily involves the systematic exploration and explanation of God’s truth in the context of teaching and open discussion.
- Fellowship: Sharing how God is uniquely moving in us as we experience His progress in our personal lives, our community, and our world.
- Prayer/Praise: Expressing our gratitude and needs to God in the company of other group members. This activity entails bringing requests to God with thanksgiving as we expectantly await His response (Dan. 9:17-19; Philip. 4:6; Jm. 1:5-6) and exalting the work of God in worship and song.
- Outreach: Communicating the Gospel message in a biblically faithful, culturally relevant way so as to bring others into an understanding of their need for a committed relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Gospel message is to be defined for clarity and defended for purity as the only means of eternal hope and happiness (Acts 17:2-4; 1 Pt. 3:15). The primary, though not exclusive, means of declaration is through relational-evangelism built on trust, biblical lifestyles, and a keen application of Scripture to human need (Jn. 4:10; 1 Thess. 1:4-9).