The word in the original language for “church” gives the connotation of a “group of people assembled for a particular purpose.” The group of people brought together to govern a city was a common use of the word at that time. A volunteer fire company, a little league baseball team, and a chess club are current day examples.
To belong to a “church” is not unusual. It is the purpose that a “church” assembles its people for that makes a difference.
What is the purpose of the “church” of Jesus Christ?
- To live in relation to the Creator and Father of All.
- To give allegiance to Jesus Christ.
- To participate in the re-creation of his kingdom by:
- Adding to his family.
- Restoring his design.
- Demonstrating God’s purposes by walking in love and truth with God’s family\community.
The church is intended to be “Jesus walking in the world” today. We said said it several times here: God’s purpose is to build a family. Even though the world is filled with self, hate, and selfishness, God’s purpose has not changed. Jesus stepped into the world to facilitate God’s purposes. And we now take up Jesus’ role – to build God’s family.