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The Purpose Of The Church

Posted by Ian McGlynn on


I’ve been thinking about this word a lot recently. If we’re honest, misconceptions are in all of us. Misconceptions are everywhere, even in the church. Dare I say, especially in the church.

Here are a few…

"Church is an event."

"Church is where we get our needs met."

"Church is only one day a week."

It’s August 2015 and churches are dying all around us in part because of these misconceptions. So, where do we go from here?

Before you answer, consider this question. What is the purpose of the church?

First and foremost, I would say that the church’s purpose is worship. Now don’t just think music. Worship DOES NOT EQUAL music. I mean, yes, congregational singing is worship but it’s bigger than that. Worship is a lifestyle…a continual attitude.

I would also say that the church’s purpose is a responsibility to live out love, grace, forgiveness, patience, and compassion to a world that desperately needs it. When all of these purposes are in balance, the church can’t help but be like a city on a hill (Matthew 5: 14-16).

Take some time to pray and reflect on God’s word, and honestly ask yourself, “What misconceptions do I have about the church”?

Lastly, how do you think we can overcome all of our misconceptions and fully live out the true purposes of the church?



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