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The Biblical Purpose & Mission of the Church

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Primary Call of the Lord:

Worship (Center life on Him) and Serve Him (Mt 4:10b)

  1. By coming to KNOW the Lord through His Word (John 17:3)
  2. By the Filling ofthe Spirit & Residing in Truth (John 4:23)
  3. By Communicating with Him in Prayer (Heb 4: 16)
  4. By Learning and Obeying His Commands (Deut 13:4)
  5. By using Music to Rejoice in Him and Praise Him (Ps 9:2)
  6. By Serving Him with Spiritual Gifts (1 Tim 4:14)
  7. By Observing the Ordinances
    1. Baptism (Mt 28:19b)
    2. Communion (1 Cor 11:26)
  8. By Our Giving of Glory and Offerings (1 Chr 16:29)

Primary Commission:

Make Disciples (Mt 28: 19a) (Fully Mature Self-functioning Believers)

  1. By Means ofEvangelism (Mt 28: 19)
    1. Foreign Fields -Missionary Support (Acts 1:8)
    2. Local Fields -Home Missions Support (Acts 1 :8)
    3. Personal Evangelism -Training & Action (John 1 :40-41)
  2. By Means of "Teaching to observe all things" (Mt 28:20)
    1. Christ to dwell in our Hearts (Eph 3: 17)
    2. Rooted in Love (Eph 3: 17)
      (KnowinglKeeping His Commands) (1 Jn 5:3)
    3. To Comprehend All God's Plan (Eph 3:18-19)

Examples ofHow God's People Functioned Biblically

  1. The Example ofthe Early Church (Acts 2:42)
    1. Learning Doctrine (Basis knowing and Obeying)
    2. Meeting for Fellowship
    3. Observing Communion
    4. Offering Prayers
  2. Example Ministries
    1. Teaching Children (Christian Education)
      (Deut 6:7a) (Including Christian and Rome School Support)
    2. Feeding and Distributing Food to Believers (Acts 6:1)
    3. Care for Widows/Orphans (1 Tim 5: 16)
    4. Support for Believers in Particular need (Isa 1:17)
      • Imparting Justice (Church courts 1 Cor 6:4)
      • Stand Against Oppressors
      • Uphold the Widow & Orphan

    5. Distributing to General Needs ofthe Saints (Ro 12: 13)
    6. Providing clothing to the needy (Acts 9:39)
    7. Visiting the Sick and Showing Mercy (Jas 5:14)
    8. Involvement in "Good Works" (1 Tim 5:10)
  3. The Ultimate Goal of All Church Ministry is the Production ofFully Mature, Adult Believers who are Skillful in All Areas ofFaith and Practice. (Rev 5: 12-14; Eph 4: 11-15)
    1. To build believers secure in their own faith.
    2. To build Christian Leaders able to lead & teach others.
    3. To see the establishment ofsound Christian Families
    4. To have a congregation "living the faith" in the church.
    5. To have a congregation "living the faith" in the world.
    6. To ultimately Glorify God in all things.

(c)1989, 1999,2004,2012 Rev Paul R. Schmidtblcicher, Th.M.