The Purpose of the Church
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:23-26, ESV)
Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose, and all this gathered up in adoration. (William Temple, Christianity and Social Order, 1942)
"23 But the hour is coming, and is now here..."
...when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth
...true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.
24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ).
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
"13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him. 14 And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach." (Mark 3:13-14, ESV)
LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 2 - The Purpose of the Church
Scriptures calls us to be disciple-makers--it is called the Great Commission. This tells us that as someone who has been saved by the GOSPEL...we are now enlisted to be GOSPEL sharers. We are “All” called to be ministers of the Gospel...not just the Pastor. We must train the younger believers to become workers and servants in the Kingdom of God. The whole world will hear the Gospel sooner if we multi- ply it rather than sit back and let one person (typically the pastor), by addition, do all the work! The great commission was indeed initially given to a select few...but they, in turn, were told to teach new believers/disciples to observe all that Jesus/- God had commanded. This included teaching new believers the Great Commis- sion. If each new believer is taught and obeys the Great Commission...we become a multiplying force for the GOSPEL! The Great Commission is a command of multi- plication...not addition!
Read Eph. 4:1-7
1. What is the calling that is mentioned in v1?
2. What does this passage say is required to be a disciple maker?
3. Why does it take these attributes to be a disciple maker?
4. Who does this passage say received gifts from Christ? and How did we receive them?
5. So, if GOD has called us to be a disciple maker and has, through His Grace, gifted us to do so...what are we doing when we refuse to serve Him with our gifts?
Read Eph. 4:8-12
6. v8 says that when Christ ascended, he gave gifts to men. Why would Christ give gifts to men as He was preparing to return to Heaven?
7. What are the gifts that Christ has given us?
The purpose of the Church is to function as a unified body fulfilling the will of GOD and bringing Him glory by serving and evangelizing the community in which they are located. This takes place when each individual within the church uses their gifts so that the church, on the macro level, can operate as God designed. These scriptures not only reveal our individual responsibilities but when meshed together in corporate worship and service, we get a glimpse of how the Church should operate and the purpose in its existence.