Why does the Lord’s church exist? For what
purpose did He build and purchase it? What
does Jesus want us as His body to be doing?
A study of the Scriptures will reveal that the
church exists to:
* Exalt God. Eph.
3:21 mentions that God is given glory in the
church. The church exalts God through proper
worship and actions that honor Him. Everything
what the church does should be to the glory and
praise of the One who created it. The church
is to always be offering spiritual sacrifices to
God (1 Pet. 2:5).
* Evangelize the
world. In Acts 13-14 (as well as many other
places in that book), we see Paul and company
preaching the word of God to lost souls.
This was a church sponsored mission (Acts 13:1-3;
14:27) which was in obedience to the Great
Commission of Christ (Matt. 28:18-20). The church
evangelizes through proper preaching and
teaching. The church is the keeper and
proclaimer of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15).
* Edify the
believers. In Eph. 4:16, we can see that
when the body (the church) is joined together,
encouragement and edification take place. These
are to take place every time the church properly
gathers and fellowships. This helps to keep
the church energized which affects so many others
(2 Cor. 9:2).
* Equip the
Saints. Eph. 4 also gives us another thing
that should take place in the church – equipping
the saints for service (v.12). It is vital
that the church be developing it’s members for the
most effective use of their talents. This
comes about through proper education, mentoring,
and training programs (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2).
* Ease the burdens of
the needy. In 2 Cor. 9:13, Paul commends the
church at Corinth for their “liberal sharing
with...all men.” The church should be
concerned about helping those in need, both within
and without. The church does this through
proper benevolence programs and projects.
This helps to get the name of the church (and her
Lord) out in the community (Acts 2:44-47).
studying these, it begs the question: “Why does
the church here exist?” Are we glorifying
God in all of our efforts of the above?
Could we do more as a congregation? Are you
helping this church in these areas? Let’s
resolve to do all that God asks us to do – in His
name, by His authority, for His glory! - Edd
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of
Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted at