The “ONE” thing?

Posted on May 26, 2010

Is the purpose of the church a choice? Is it a choice that each independent Christian community has the right to make of and for itself? For instance, can we say, “we’re a fellowship community” or “we’re a praise and worship community” or “we’re a outreach community?” Is the purpose of the church arbitrary? If not, what is the purpose of the church? In my opinion the purpose of the Church is clearly defined and boldly stated and leaves little room for questions or second guessing.

To start with, I believe that the pastorate is more of a calling than it is a job. It’s my understanding that God calls certain people to certain positions for specific purposes.  It’s not a matter of choice. We don’t get to say, “Father, I’d rather be a hand than a foot or better yet an eye. Can you make me an eye please?” God calls us to minister according to His design, not our own. If the Old and New Testaments are clear about any one thing it’s that God acts in our lives according to His superior understanding and His perfect will. Not according to our desire.

In my opinion what is true for the child of God is true for His church. The calling doesn’t vary from church to church according to the desire of the church. There is one calling for the CHURCH (for Christ’s universal body), one thing that defines us. And that one thing is our purpose, the “prime directive” (for you Star Trek fans). What is the prime directive? To go, to go into all the world and preach the gospel (MATTHEW 28:18-19).  That’s the first purpose and calling of ALL of God’s people. Red and yellow, black and white, methodist, baptist and churches of Christ, one and all, bring them to the cross! That’s it, that’s all, lead them to Jesus.

It’s really awesome that we have a great praise and worship at our church but if we don’t love the lost enough to make them our first priority . . . then we’ve just become a banging gong or a clanging cymbal. We’re just making noise. If we’re a really great group of people and our fellowship is incredible but our mission isn’t evangelism, then aren’t we just a social club. As “the Church”our purpose has always been to take the saving message of Jesus Christ to a lost world because we love them so much we can’t do anything else (John 13;34).

The apostle Paul said, “imitate me as I imitate Christ.” If I’m not mistaken, and I’m not, Christ’s mission and purpose was always to bring salvation (Luke 2: 29-32; Matthew 1:21; John 3;16-17; Luke 19:10). If there is anything we should imitate about Jesus (and I would suggest imitating “everything”) it’s His great love for the lost of the world.

Just a thought.

Pastor Mike

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