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What
is the
primary purpose
Of
God's one true
Church?

   Every now and then a person may come to a point in their lives where they
wonder: "With so many Churches around how do I know I'm in the right one?"
Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, they lack the necessary judgment to
answer their question.   In John 7:24 we find Jesus Christ teaching how to exercise
judgment, His instructions are to: "Judge NOT according to the appearance,
but judge righteous judgment."
  He warned against being fooled by appearance,
saying that people are to "judge righteous judgment."   This means: practice
comparing whatever may appear to be of God with the Scriptures.   A practice that
is just as important today as it was when He taught it nearly 2,000 years ago.

   In fact, one area of modern day Christianity where its vital is concerning the
Church itself.   Because, while many different churches appear to be of God, the Bible
teaches there can only be one true Church: "There is ONE body [church] , and ONE
Spirit...ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God..."
Eph. 4:4

   So let's use the Bible in answering a key question concerning God's one true
church.   And as we do, please take the time to ask yourself:

"Does my Church practice what the Bible says it's supposed to?"

Question: what is the primary purpose of
God's one true Church?

Is it supposed to be:
►   A social club?
►   An organization who's purpose is to raise charity and provide for the poor?
►   An organization created to solve social problems?
►   Strictly a place of worship?
►   A place of Christian fellowship?
►   A place where marriages take place?
►   A place where one goes to practice their religion?

Actually it's none of the above

   Jesus Christ Himself stated the Church's main purpose when He told it:

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you
: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen."

                                                                                                Matthew 28:19-20

   These "marching orders" are commonly known as THE GREAT COMMISSION
because He, in essence, commissioned His Church To:

"...teach [A]ll nations..." which Means to teach people the gospel.

"...baptizing them..."   Means to, once saved, making them a member
                                     of the church (1 Cor. 12:13).

"...Teaching them to observe all things..."   Means to disciple them
                                                                       in biblical doctrine.

  WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
   We live in a world that lays in rebellion against God.   The Bible says: "As it is written,
THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE: There is none that understandeth, THERE IS NONE
THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD.   They are all GONE OUT OF THE WAY, they are together become
unprofitable; THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, NO, NOT ONE."
  Rom. 3:10-12
   In spite of how self-righteous a person might be, the fact remains that: "ALL HAVE SINNED, and
come short of the glory of God;"
Rom. 3:10   Our sin condemns us to eternal separation from God.
Jesus Himself said: "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all things that offend, and them WHICH DO INIQUITY
[sin], And shall CAST THEM
INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
  Matt. 13:41-42
   Man is lost, Hell bound and unable to save himself due to his sinful state but fortunately the
Bible says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST
DIED FOR US."
  Rom. 5:8   Christ's shed blood on the cross payed for our sins, justifying us before
God.   And this is THE GOSPEL, the good news: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved."
  Rom. 10:9

   As an example, we turn to Acts Chapter Two where we find the church at
Jerusalem fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION.   As you read please ask yourself:

Does any of this activity resemble my church at all?

   In Acts 2:40 Peter had finished preaching the gospel when the Bible says:
"Then they that gladly RECEIVED HIS WORD were BAPTIZED: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.   And they
continued stedfastly IN THE APOSTLES' DOCTRINE and fellowship, and in
breaking of bread, and in prayers."
  Acts 2:41-42
   The multitude present that day were taught the gospel (the first third of the
Great Commission) and they "gladly RECEIVED HIS WORD."   Once saved, they
"were BAPTIZED" into the Church and became members (the second third of the
Great Commission).   Once members they were taught the Scriptures: "And they
continued stedfastly IN THE APOSTLES' DOCTRINE"
(the last third of the Great
Commission).
   In Acts 2:44-47 we see the result: "And all that believed were together,
and HAD ALL THINGS COMMON; And sold their possessions and goods, and
parted them to all men, as every man had need.   And they, continuing daily
with ONE ACCORD in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did
eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having
favour with all the people.   And the Lord added to THE CHURCH daily such AS
SHOULD BE SAVED."

   When a Church carries out the Great Commission, the results are: the salvation
of lost souls, their baptizing, and consequent discipleship.   Then and only then is
that Church fulfilling its God given purpose.

Please take the time to Ask Yourself:

  How often does my church teach the gospel, resulting in the salvation of
     souls?
  Does my Church baptize after a person is saved?   Is the word saved even
     mentioned?
  Does my Church make an effort to disciple its members?
  Is our common goal geared toward fulfilling the Great Commission?
  Do we practice any of the things the Bible has described so far?

If you died today, are you 100% sure you
would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says you can!
"These things have I written...that ye may
know that ye have eternal life,"
I John 5:13.

A. You must realize where you stand with God.
1. Your sins separate you and God.   "your iniquities
have separated between you and your God,"

     Isaiah 59:2.
2. That includes everyone.   "For all have sinned,
    and come short of the glory of God;"
Rom. 3:23.

B. You must realize that Heaven can't be earned.
1. Not by doing enough good things.   "Not by
    works of righteousness which we have done,
    but according to his mercy he saved us..."

    Titus 3:5
2. Not by being baptized, joining a church, or
    obeying the Ten Commandments.   "For by
    grace are ye saved through faith; and that
    not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    Not of works, lest any man should boast."

    Ephesians 2:8-9

C. You must be willing to change your direction.
    "the wages of sin is death;" Romans 6:23.
1. Self righteousness will cause you to miss Heaven.
    Rom. 10:2-3; Luke 13:2; Matt. 5:20; Rom. 3:28
2. Faith in yourself, your baptism, your church will
    cause you to miss Heaven, John 1:12; John 3:3.
3. You must repent.   "Repent ye therefore, and be
    converted,"
Acts 3:19.   "The Lord is...not
    willing that any should perish, but that all
    should come to repentance."
  II Pet. 3:9
* Repentance means to change your mind about sin.

D. You must receive Jesus Christ by faith as your
     personal Saviour.   "being justified by faith,"
     Romans 5:1.
     Eternal life was paid for with the shed blood
     of Christ.   Accept it as a free gift.   "For
     whosoever shall call upon the name of the
     Lord shall be saved."
  Romans 10:13

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