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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?

DEC 16

Ephesians 4:11-16
Memorise Ephesians 4:12
“…unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

God gave various leaders to the church “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”. We are the “saints”! And the leaders are there to equip us to serve God, so that everybody (every member of the church, not only leaders!) can play a part in “building up” the church!

One commentator explains it very well!

“What model of the church, then, should we keep in our minds? The traditional model is that of the pyramid, with the pastor perched precariously on its pinnacle, like a little pope in his own church, while the laity are arrayed beneath him in serried ranks of inferiority. It is a totally unbiblical image, because the New Testament envisages not a single pastor with a docile flock but both a plural oversight and an every-member ministry. Not much better is the model of the bus, in which the pastor does all the driving while the congregation are the passengers slumbering in peaceful security behind him. Quite different from either the pyramid or the bus is the biblical model of the body. The church is the body of Christ, every member of which has a distinctive function.”

Therefore we see the church as a body that Christ has established here on earth, where all His saints can gather together for mutual edification and encouragement. Whilst it is true that the pastors and the leaders of the church are the ones who ought to be the most spiritual and have the oversight of the church, every member has their part to play as well. It is only when everyone is involved, that there can be the perfecting of all the saints in the church. As they grow and mature in the faith, they would then be able to be more involved in the work of the ministry. Through all their labours, there would be the edifying (building up) of the whole body of Christ. This is how an ideal church ought to function. Are you involved in such a church?

Thought: We all have our part to play in the body of Christ – the church. Are you doing your part for the Lord?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see my role in Your church, and help me to do the best I can for the church.