Instead of experiencing Christianity as a Sunday-only religious activity and as a Monday-through-Saturday operation of secular-humanistic values, this blog attempts to see everything in our world through a Christian biblical lens. In other words, "You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." —1 Thessalonians 5:5-6
Thursday, September 06, 2007
The Church's Reason for Being
The Church has a reason for being in existence. I am pulling mainly from Ephesians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and 1 & 2 Peter.
The Church exists to exists. It is a testimony to the world and heavenly beings that God is fulfilling his plan on earth as it is in heaven.
The Church has been appointed to suffer for the sake of the gospel. This will be proof that God's judgment is right, when he is revealed. It is also an example of God's message about his Son. The lifestyles and unity of this universal entity on earth is to reveal that God is real and he is right.
The Church is the fulfillment of Christ's message, the message, and proclaimers of the message.
The Church is the very vehicle that God will use to save the world, like Noah's Ark. Through Christ, we are members of his body (the Church) and we are saved by faith in Christ. Christ plans to come back for his Church and be united with his Church forever.
The Church belongs to God. Jesus is the Head of the Church. God's plan was that Jesus would enter the world to build the Church—God's kingdom on earth.