What is the purpose of a church? You might have an idea. But is it Biblical?
I’ll be discussing this over a couple of posts.
The Answer is Vital
We live in a post-Christian America. The reason is not because the Left and evil are winning. It’s because the Christians are losing. We don’t have to lose. We are a majority with God.
But we lose battle after battle. Much of those loses are directly due to churches doing everything but what they’re supposed to do.
Note: When I use the term church in this and related articles, I’m speaking of the entity most of us go to on Sunday mornings, sometimes Sunday nights, sometimes Wednesday nights, and for a handful of churches, on other days of the week for various reasons. I’m not speaking of “where two or more are gathered in my name.” The purpose and role of the church and Pastor and Elders is in the context of the building that contains Christians in worship, learning, or something else. Most churches do the “something else.”
What are churches supposed to do?
The answer is in Scripture. To the extent that churches do the job they’re supposed to do, according to God’s Word, they will have success. Success doesn’t mean lots of people attending, although I’d say that is sometimes a result of doing what they’re supposed to do.
Joshua Bailey wrote the following in the most excellent book on this subject, Practical Aspects of Pastoral Theology:
Despite the often overriding influence of tradition and pragmatism on perceptions of what a pastor is and what he does, we must allow God’s Word to shape our definitions and understanding of the pastoral role [emphasis mine].
Is it the church’s job as a corporal entity to witness to the lost and serve the community?
The Bible doesn’t ever say that. So are you sure you want to attend one that utilizes its resources intended for other things to do unBiblical things?
Maybe you should examine your role in the Body of Christ today and decide if you need to start doing the things you think your church should do. And maybe you should examine what the Bible says about the role of the church and find one that does that.
I’ll discuss the role in an upcoming post. But it has to do with teaching and shepherding the flock (the saved). Not doing the job we’re supposed to be doing ourselves.