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October 27, 2006

Ok, here is the question.

What is the purpose of church?

I seriously would love for you all to leave what you consider to be the answer to this question. commenters and lurkers alike. The question is along the lines of what is its purpose, why does it exist, or as the stones would say “Church (hunh) what is it good for?” I don’t expect the answer to be “absolutely nothing”, but if you feel that way tell the truth.

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  1. October 28, 2006 1:12 pm

    I’ll jump in there and be the first to comment. I’m not bashful.

    We all know enough Greek to know that the “church” means the “called out.” To me when we talk about the “church” – number 1, we’re talking about all of God’s children all over the world. We are all, every single one, part of the “church.” We are the believers, the followers of Christ, but even more we are His bride. His beloved.

    Our purposes are many. We come together as “the church” on the first day of each week to exhort one another, encourage and uplift one another for the week to come as we all go out into the world. We come to spend quiet and not so quiet time with our beloved “husband” Christ and with our Father in communion. We do all of the things we’re instructed to do throughout the New Testament and we do it so that we will be fully equipped and ready for action during those times when we are all apart.

    We are a family. We are brothers and sisters and all feel comfortable with each other as families do in whatever activity we are about.

    It is not just a Sunday thing, either, I don’t think, but we should also spend time as “members” of “THE church” one with another during the week.

    The church, to me, is the universal church – one entity – although we comprise many different “tribes” or “clans” or “congregations” – however you want to put it.

    The church definitely has a purpose – many purposes – because as humans we are made to live in community one with another, not in isolation (such as certain monks and other religious orders suggest – at least I don’t think so). We are NOT to live as hermits hiding out in caves spending all of our time in whatever. We are to be active and busy and working to help all of those less fortunate and needy and without physical or mental or emotional resources to provide for themselves.

    We need to stop thinking of church as a finite “place,” such as a certain building, in our community, but rather an active, living entity that instigates and brings about positive changes for every single person that members of “the church” meet.

    THAT to me is what “church” is and its purposes. I’m sure there are more than I’ve enumerated, but that’s it in some aspects. I’m sure your readers (and lurkers) will be able to think of more.

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  2. October 28, 2006 2:17 pm

    Thanks for jumping in and not being bashful. The church is of course not a place. And it “does” those things you mentioned. Curious if you could boil it down to one purpose for the existance how would you phrase it? Would it be to “be called out’?

  3. October 29, 2006 9:21 am

    To show the way to and reflect the life of Jesus.

  4. October 30, 2006 8:10 am

    or in the words of Mother Theresa (not an exact quote)
    We meet together to meditate on the words of Christ, then we go out and try to find him in disguise.

  5. October 30, 2006 9:15 am

    Both of those are good, Donna, and put together they are great. I particularly like the phrasing of the first one.

    Alright everybody else. Most of you “go to church” so what’s the purpose?

  6. October 30, 2006 12:15 pm

    The purpose of church is for it to be a gathering of believers for encouragement of each other and worship of God.

  7. October 30, 2006 12:26 pm

    There are numerous puposes stated in scripture, but ultimately our purpose is that God might be glorified through us.

  8. October 30, 2006 5:05 pm

    Tommy –

    I’ll stand by the phrase the “called out.” We are “called out” into the world to “be” Jesus Christ to the world. That is what “church” is.

  9. john dobbs permalink
    November 1, 2006 10:43 am

    The church is a community of faith, sharing in the journey through life with an expectant hope, inviting everyone else along the way.

  10. October 23, 2008 2:35 pm

    Well, I found this post after I posted an article entitled “What is the Purpose of the Church?” I didn’t realize that WordPress adds related articles at the bottom of my post. Well, I think this is an important question and it’s one that I answer on my blog. The short of it is that, looking at Ephesians 4:11-13, the leaders of the Church were charged with making disciples, body building, and encouraging unity in the church. Why aren’t we effective in the world? We are such a fractured or broken body that we can’t accomplish anything. Thanks for this question.

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