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What is our purpose?


What is the purpose of the church? What is our purpose as Christians? What is the definition of the word Christian? When 2 Corinthians 13:5 says that we are to examine ourselves to see if we are of the faith, what should we be looking for. What would be the proof of our salvation, the evidence that we are truly of the faith? I don’t mean to ruffle anyone’s religion, to make anyone uncomfortable. But Paul did say that we were to examine ourselves. Do you suppose that showing up for church on Sundays qualifies one to be of the faith?

Mt 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The fact of the matter is that the scribes and the Pharisees spent more time in church than anyone. Yet Jesus say’s that our righteousness must exceed theirs.

How about worship. We come to church and lift up our hands, we sing hymns of praise, and speak words of adoration. Does that qualify us to use the name?

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Obviously Jesus must have thought that there’s more to being one of his than an outward show of religion. Many worship a God that they have no desire to serve or obey.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I would say that one of the main qualification would be that we continue, or abide in his word. He says it more directly in this verse,

John 14: 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

I believe that abiding and obeying would be the evidence. Another very good indicator would be fruit.

John 15: 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Jesus brings forth a stern warning for those who choose not to abide;

John 15: 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

John 15: 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If we are not abiding then we are not bringing forth fruit. If we are abiding then we have to bring forth fruit. Most definitely then fruit would be an evidence of our faith.

So now I think that it’s time we returned to the original question, which was, what is our purpose? What is the purpose of the church?

Luke 19: 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

If the Church is the body of Christ, then His purpose must be our purpose. Christ died a horrific death at Calvary to save a lost and dieing world.

Romans 5: 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The last words of Christ, his command to his disciples was to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He gave us his purpose, he gave us our purpose, he gave us a command to go. This is his last will and testament. His last command before he departed. Share the gospel to all the world.

I firmly believe that today’s church has lost this purpose. As I share Gods word and the command that he gave us, I meet more resistance than not. People are full of excuses and justifications for not going. Jesus did not excuse any one, he gave the command to his disciples. He didn’t say, if you feel like it, or if you have the gift of gab. He didn’t say that only the ones with the gift of evangelism should go. He didn’t say that it would be easy, or hard. He just said go.

Luke 11: 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

Luke 12: 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

If you are ashamed of Jesus and not willing to confess him to man, then your silence is your denial. If you truly believe that Jesus died for your sins, and that everyone that doesn’t know him is headed to hell, then there’s no excuses for not going.

Either you desire to follow Jesus or you don’t. Your actions proclaim your real desires, no matter what your lips say. As the old cliché goes, “actions speak louder than words”

Jesus will return soon. Will you be able to look him in the eyes when you stand before him? Will he look at you and say, enter in my good and faithful servant? Or will hang your head in shame as he proclaims to you, depart from me, I never knew you.

He’s calling you now to service. Are you ready to go?

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