Therefore, leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ have the responsibility to create and nourish a healthy group image among those to whom they minister. Church leaders need to recognize that their group image will either contribute to or hinder the impact of their ministry. When you increase the health of the group’s self-image, the people of that group become more eager, receptive, and responsive as learners. The higher the image people in your ministry have of your church, the more willing they will be to bring others. A healthy church image is not just the collective experience of “warm fuzziest. Rather it is a tangible enthusiasm about the work of God is currently doing and the work He wants to do in the future. Just as the word enthusiasm literally means, “God in us,” a lately church image is built upon His acting presents. Developing the ability to verbalize a vision to that purpose or a driving passion that God as given to you for your ministry; can be a powerful tool,. A clearly communicated vision connects purpose with conviction, provide substance to enthusiasm, and fuels Godly dreaming all of which contribute to a healthy church mage.
Thesis The reason we must be a Gospel-proclaiming church, the reason that we must be a Scripture-examining church, the reason we must be alert, unified, and effective, is so that the church might become full-grown. Statement of Points Ill. What is the Purpose of the Church In my experience, the primacy given to big churches in the GHZ program has the effect of authorizing pastors to grow the church “at all costs”. After all, “What does it matter how faithful people apparently are, if the church is not getting bigger? Many leaders in various positions in church life say that God is primarily interested in faithfulness. Beg to differ with that theology. Want to communicate that God is equally interested in fruitfulness along with faithfulness. What we count we value. Accountability is a basic requirement for change and must be based upon objective measurement. GHZ then, is designed to change churches and make them more numerically ‘fruitful”. The stark reality of this all consuming priority is that biblical standards such as “faithfulness” cease to become paramount in church life.
In GHZ ideology, faithfulness is important and valued if the faithfulness is producing fruit. If a church has increased its attendance by 5% and financial contributions are on the rise, it is growing. If it is growing, it is by definition, healthy. Similarity to secular business models. Such bold references in GHZ to measurable productivity at the expense of faithfulness are not entirely surprise Eng. A change in church structures, for example, to give the pastor more power there may be a need to do away with or modify the rules for nominating committees or regular business meetings.
To give the local church more power in relation to the denomination, there may even be an attempt to establish the local church as a separate incorporated entity. The local church may adopt its own bylaws and vote to do away with all or some of the Church Manual. Tools such as the Church Manual are thought to restrain the pastor’s authority and the local church’s plans. A change in church ideology. For example, to change the way people engage in church activities there is a need to change the way church members think about God, the pastor and the relative values they have.
Is the pastor a shepherd or a leader? Is God weak or strong a lion ROR lamb? What is more important faithfulness or fruitfulness; increased baptisms and financial contributions? If a church values faithfulness but is not growing fast enough, then they need to be re-educated to value fruitfulness. If a church is faithfully presenting the message but people are not joining then we need to abandon culturally irrelevant methods and use the ones that work.
There may be changes in church sermons, music, or buildings. Change may also be achieved through training, the use of surveys, changes in titles and terms used in church work (e. G. Pastor, or leader? ) A change in local church leadership, for example, if existing leaders are not fully supportive of changes that the pastor wants to implement, whether this is because of personality differences or because of biblical convictions, those leaders need to be removed to enable the pastor to lead.
A change in financial priorities, for example, it is proposed that the church does not exist to serve the denomination, therefore money for the worldwide work Of the church may deed to be kept in house to fulfill the vision of the local church. As we grow in our likeness to the Son of God, as we continue to progress in the unity of the faith, as we become mature, it follows that we would no longer act in an immature manner. “As a result (of becoming more mature)”, Paul writes, “we are no longer to be children “(v. 14) with respect to our doctrinal understanding.
The Christian life begins with new birth, Jesus tells us in John 3. And this metaphor is picked up by Paul who understands that we are not intended to remain as spiritual infants, or as spiritual children, but we are to grow up to come “a mature man”, he tells us. And with maturity comes the ability to distinguish between various doctrines. 3 Maturity enables us to distinguish between what is sound and what is faulty. Without maturity, Paul tells us we will be like children in the sense that we will be more prone to being led astray by error.
Paul introduces a new metaphor when he equates childlike maturity with a ship being “tossed to and fro by waves”(v. 14). The idea think Paul is trying to convey is that spiritual immaturity is an unsteady condition. And as long as we are rudderless, we run the danger of being thrown off course. Papua goes on to contrast this unsteady condition with being connected to the Head, who is Jesus Christ. The stronger our connection to the Head, the more stable our condition is. The stronger our connection to the Head, the more spiritual growth we will experience.
This is what Paul tells us in verse 16; it begins with the words, “from whom”. The growth to maturity, the building up of the body is “from” somebody–referring us back to verse The source of spiritual growth in the church is the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. But while Christ is the source of all spiritual growth, notice that Christ is not the immediate cause of spiritual growth in the church. We see in verse 16 that the immediate cause of spiritual growth in the church is the body itself.
When the various parts of the body are in tact and are held together, and when each part is working properly, this causes the body to grow; building itself up in love. Yet, even with Christ as our Head, God has ordained that the immediate cause of spiritual growth in the Church is the Body itself. Growth in the Church is not an automatic function of having a bunch of Christians together. As Spurge’s once said, “The Church of God should be one, but not piled into one heap. If the Church, though connected to Christ, is to grow to maturity it is necessary for each part of the body to work properly.
And now, in verse 14, Paul outlines the implications of this growth to maturity. We conclude, therefore, that the ultimate cause of 4 spiritual growth in the Church is Christ. He is the Head, and we are the Body, and we cannot survive without being connected to Him. As one theologian has said, “A church that is only united in itself, but not united to Christ, is no living church at all. ” II. What is the Purpose of the Church Acts 2:42 could be considered a purpose statement for the church: “They devoted homeless to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. According to this verse, the purposes/activities of the church should be 1) teaching biblical doctrine, 2) providing a place of fellowship for believers, 3) observing the Lord’s supper, and 4) praying. The church is to teach biblical doctrine so we can be grounded in our faith. Ephesians 4:14 tells us, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. The church is to be a place of fellowship, where Christians can be devoted to one another and honor one another (Romans 1 2:10), instruct one another (Romans 1 4), be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32), encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 1), and most importantly, love one another (1 John 3:1 1 The church is to be a place where believers can observe the Lord’s Supper, remembering Chrism’s death and shed blood on our behalf (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The concept of “breaking bread” (Acts 2:42) also carries the idea of having meals together. This is another example of the church promoting fellowship. The final purpose of the church according to Acts 2:42 is prayer. The church is to be a place that promotes prayer, teaches prayer, and practices prayer. Philippians 46-7 encourages us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and 5 petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ” Another commission given to the church is proclaiming the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). The church is called to be faithful in sharing the gospel through word and deed. The church is to be a “lighthouse” in the community, minting people toward our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The church is to both promote the gospel and prepare its members to proclaim the gospel (1 Peter 3:15).
Some final purposes of the church are given in James 1 :27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ” The church is to be about the business of ministering to those in need. This includes not only sharing the gospel, but also providing for physical needs (food, clothing, shelter) as necessary and appropriate. The church is also to equip livers in Christ with the tools they need to overcome sin and remain free from the pollution of the world.
This is done by biblical teaching and Christian fellowship. So, what is the purpose of the church? Paul gave an excellent illustration to the believers in Corinth. The church is God’s hands, mouth, and feet in this world-?the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 1212-27). We are to be doing the things that Jesus Christ would do if He were here physically on the earth. The church is to be “Christian,” “Christ-like,” and Christ-following. The gospel forms our identity as a Child of God, and then we are equipped s the Family of God to enter in the mission of God in the world.