What is the purpose of the church?
According to scripture there are three references to what the “church” is. I’m not going to teach you Greek, though for a little definition on what it is, “ecclesia” means “assembly, congregation, council” but for further detailed information visit, “Church” isn’t in the New Testament
“a body of Believers in Messiah Yeshua summoned by God and called out (by Him) from among the Jewish and Roman peoples to come together into a separate community under His Lordship” -By Lonnie Lane, (1.)
What is the churches purpose? It is to bring people of like mind together to worship God, encourage one another, and to teach and instruct. Then they can go into the world.
Ever notice that when you have a cruddy week, you go to church and you feel refreshed? Face it life can get us down and when we are around people of like mind, who can encourage us, who are feeling the same things, we get a sense of “release” from that. Also, the PRESENCE OF GOD is there!
There is something about worshiping in a corporate setting. It is like going to a ball game. You get excited when everyone is cheering the team on.Its contagious. It stirs in you and you excited too.
We are the body
Couple things here. We are the body of Christ. The church is me. The church is us. We(individually) make up the body of Christ. We each have apart in the body of Christ. Some teach, some
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
(interesting though that there are so many denominations. But we all teach the same thing. Just doctrine is a bit different)
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.
We need to be apart of the body of Christ. We each have something to contribute to the body. We are not a one man or one woman show. We need each other and we work with one another to be, to this world, what Jesus wants us to be
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
Are we being what Christ told us to be to the world? Are we sharing the hope? Are we offering love? Are we encouraging each other while being encouraged ourselves? Are we truly being the hands and feet of Jesus to this world? They need Him. The Lord wants to use you to reach out to others.
- Use by permission by Messianic Vision, www.sidroth.org, 2009.