What is the Purpose of the Church?

The mission of the church of Christ is:

Tell the world of God’s love, forgiving grace, and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and resurrected conquering death, so that Jesus sent His disciples to make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to observe all of His commands and to devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship of Christians, the breaking of bread, and prayers. (Matt 28:18–20; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor 15:1–4; 1 Pet 2:9)

The core beliefs of the church include:

  1. Faith in the triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. Faith in the infallibility of Christ and thus the inerrancy of Christ’s Spirit who revealed all truth to Jesus’s apostles and prophets as written in the Scriptures.
  3. Faith in salvation that is by grace through faith in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul declared,

There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:4–6; cf. 1:22–23)

The apostle Paul defined the Gospel,

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you — unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (1 Cor 15:1–4).

Here is Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection enacted for salvation by grace through faith:

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, (Col 2:12–13; cf. Rom 6:3–4; Eph 2:4–9; 1 Pet 1:3; 3:21).

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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