Have you ever stopped to wonder, "Why does the church exist?" It's a question that might seem straightforward, yet it delves deep into the essence of our faith journey. As members of a baptist church in Werribee, Victoria, understanding the purpose of our church is not just about the activities we engage in, but the profound reasons behind them and the impact on the lives of those around us.
The purpose of the church goes beyond the surface level of 'what we do' to the heart of 'why we do it.' It's a journey that takes us back to the fundamental principles laid out in the Bible and the early Christian church. The book of Acts, particularly Chapter 2, provides a historic account of the church's inception, highlighting that the church was born out of a supernatural movement driven by the Holy Spirit.
The early church was characterized by six key activities: evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship, fellowship, and prayer. These activities, powered by the Holy Spirit, formed the DNA of the early church—a DNA that continues to be relevant to us today. The church's purpose, inspired by Jesus's great commandment and Great Commission, revolves around loving God, loving people, and making disciples.
In 1 Thessalonians 1, Apostle Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonica exemplifies a community that lived out this purpose. They were recognized for their faith-driven work, love-fueled deeds, and enduring hope in Jesus. This church set an example for others, demonstrating what it means to be a community committed to the teachings of Christ. They were a church with an 'echo', amplifying the message of Christ to others.
So, why does our church exist? We strive to be a loving community that seeks, serves, and shares Jesus. This mission isn't just a catchy phrase; it's a call to action that aligns with the early church's example. It's about being a church that not only follows Christ's teachings but also radiates them out to the world.
As we ponder this mission, let's ask ourselves: Are we living out this purpose in our daily lives? Are we a community that truly seeks, serves, and shares Jesus? This week, let's reflect on how we can contribute to this mission and be part of a movement that continues to echo Christ's love and message across the world.