Posted by: sdunnpastor | January 20, 2011

THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

“The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ. . . If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other reason.”

— C.S. Lewis

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  1. The C.S. Lewis quote reminded me of this similar sentiment by John MacArthur :
    “Second, it’s important to reiterate to a congregation that they’re only here for one reason, and that ‘s to bring people to Christ. Everything else that a salvation produces–for example, fellowship, worship and obedience–would be better in heaven. But there’s only one thing you can’t do in heaven, and that’s evangelize the lost! That’s the only reason for Christ to leave us here once we’re saved. Therefore, the end product of everything the Church does–the end product of everything we do as Christians–should be to reach people with the Gospel. Our goal is to focus on teaching and maturing our people in Christ so that they are a force of evangelism. That way it’s not necessarily “bring them to church, and I, as the pastor, will evangelize them.” Instead, it’s about maturing the congregation and allowing them to do the work.”

  2. From the earliest days of Christianity, evangelism was a function of the community … the church. And that meant that evangelism began as the Body went about its daily business in the culture. This is part of what we will be talking about at Saturday’s School of Evangelism class, “What is the Gospel.”

  3. I’m not sure if this book is on our reading list, but I’ve been reading Newbiggin’s “Gospel in a Pluralist Society”. It was written in the late 1980’s but is very applicable to addressing the church’s needs to share the Gospel in a secular world. Newbiggin’s background as a missionary in India, allows him to explain the need for sharing the Gospel in a diverse culture. I’d recommend adding to our list if it is not currently on.


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