by Dr. Jack Trieber: Recently I preached a message entitled, “The Purpose of the New Testament Local Church.” This message was preached during the morning service on Anniversary Sunday.
Using the book of Acts, I reminded our church that the purpose of North Valley Baptist Church is to preach, pray, give, win souls, teach, baptize, etc. In this brief article, I wish to lift the point in that message which reminded us that our purpose, both personally and collectively, is to be a witness for Jesus Christ and seek to win the lost to Him.
The Scripture makes it very clear that one day everyone will stand before God:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
– II Corinthians 5:10
God also says,
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
– II Corinthians 5:10
Matthew 28:18-20 remind us,
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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The church is not a social agency or a club for the few. Rather, it is a soul-saving station. May I remind our church family that North Valley Baptist Church was built on a culture of soul winning. That reset button must always be pushed. Our main task is to get the Gospel to a lost and dying world. The apostle Paul said it best when he said,
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
– Romans 10:1
Let’s stay after souls.
[box]Pastor TrieberPastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March 1976. He is also the Chancellor of Golden State Baptist College. His latest book is Words to Live By.[/box]
Original article can be found at http://northvalleynews.org/2011/purpose-new-testament-local-church/