God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church – Part 2
What is God’s top priority for the church ? What is God’s purpose & mission for the church ?
In Part 1 we began to look at God’s top priority and passion. And how He wants the church to have the same top priority and passion. God’s purpose & mission for the church is to build His kingdom. And to be the instrument that God uses to accomplish all that He desires.
Jesus was perfectly faithful to God. He sacrificed everything and obediently fulfilled the purpose and mission that God had for Him.
God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church
Who Would Continue God’s Purpose & Mission ?
Jesus knew that He was going to die on the cross for everyone’s sins. Then he was buried and later on He want back to heaven. Was God’s purpose & mission of saving people going to end when Jesus left ? No.
God had a plan to continue His purpose & mission of seeking and saving lost people. God’s plan involved His followers (Christians) and His church.
“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
The Early Church Was Faithful to God’s Purpose & Mission
Jesus clearly called & commanded His followers to actively participate in God’s purpose & mission for the church. The early disciples of Jesus and the early church in the book of Acts was always faithfully doing what Jesus told them to do. Being fishers of men. Being faithful witnesses and sharing the Gospel with as many people as they could.
“And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:47b
Even with a lot of persecution and danger, the early church faithfully did their part in fulfilling God’s top priority and mission. Many of the apostles and disciples were killed following Jesus’ command to fulfill God’s top priority and mission. In fact all but 1 of the apostles were killed because of their obedience. But the church kept on faithfully spreading the Gospel.
“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria… Those who had been scattered preached the word (the Gospel) wherever they went.” – Acts 8:1,4
God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church
God’s Top Priority & Passion Was The Apostle Paul’s Top Priority & Passion
The apostle Paul was one of the most faithful and passionate followers of Jesus. He was true to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And he was faithful and true to God’s purpose & mission for the church. Paul went through a lot of persecution, opposition, and suffering to follow and serve Jesus. And to accomplish God’s purpose & mission for the church.
“imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren. I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.” – 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the LORD Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The Church Today Needs to Have The Same Top Priority & Passion
Sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible was Paul’s first and top priority. Another part of his ministry was to make disciples after people believed in Jesus. Paul also planted churches so the new believers would grow and become faithful and fruitful disciples.
And sharing the Gospel was the early church’s top priority. Because it was God’s top priority. Because it was God’s purpose & mission for the church.
And it still is God’s top priority and desire. God has not changed. Neither has His heart’s desire for all men to be saved. So the top priority of sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible needs to be our top priority today. And making disciples once people place their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
What we see in many churches today is a completely different emphasis and priorities. The top priority in many churches today is to attract as many people to the church. And to have a large church full of people. Then the church will have a lot of resources, so it can have many events and conferences. Which will in turn attract more people. As part of this modern mission the modern church has adopted, their needs to be messages that do not offend people. The messages are positive and easy to listen to messages that will get people to feel good and want to come back. Is this what God really wants ?
In Part 3 we will continue to look into God’s Purpose & Mission For The Church. We will begin to look into the 2nd part of God’s purpose & mission for the church.
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