“The Purpose of the Church”

Church“The Purpose of the Church”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr
Mt Gilead Full Gospel Int’l Ministries

* Jesus has to give an account of the church to God. The Word says He is coming back for a glorious church. For that reason, we must understand that God is trying to mold us, mature us, and correct us in church. Here is a scripture that talks about marriage, but also sheds light on Jesus’ relationship to the church:

Ephesians 5:22-24 (NIV)
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”

* People want positions and titles, but the church is so much more than that. The kingdom of Christ is not about positions. God is looking for true worshipers- those who worship Him in spirit and truth, not people looking for prestige.

* Jesus wept when He saw the state of Israel (the church). He said they were like sheep with no shepherd. So where are today’s shepherds (pastors) ?? The pastors’ job is to perfect the church, not to make people feel comfortable.

* You can’t go to heaven “playing church.” It’s not a performance. God knows what is in our hearts. He knows when we come to church only because we want a blessing, rather than to worship Him. The focus is God, not you or me:

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily mingles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”think

Something to think about: Join a church because of the Word! Many people join a church for the wrong reasons: my friend goes there, I like the choir, I’m trying to find a husband/wife, etc…
But, your soul is at stake! Faith coming by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So, the church you join should be a careful decision- let God lead you.

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