What is the church’s focus?
I’ve had the privilege and sometimes not such much of a privilege to be a part of and visit many churches. Some very fine, and some not so fine. The nice thing is it’s given me a large perspective or what’s being done.
There’s so many ways for a church to go in their focus isn’t there? I mean the Bible is so broad in the different aspects of Christianity that one could just focus on one subject of Christian living and never exhaust the subject I would imagine. Think about it, should the church focus on sin, on holiness, on water baptism, on the sabbath, on giving, on prosperity, on a big church building, on the power of the Holy Spirit, on love, on helping others, on evangelism on the works of the devil, on angels, on salvation, on… you get the idea. I’ve been to many churches where their main “theme” was one on of these subjects or others. Not to say they didn’t preach on other things, but their underlining theme was almost always one thing.
As you know if you are a Christian, our final authority rests in the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”English Standard Version). So let’s turn to the Word of God and find out what the underlining theme is for the Church of God.
1. First question is where did man come from?
Answer: We are Gods creation. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.” Isaiah 45:12
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
2. Why was man created?
Answer: It was God’s will. “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for you did create all things, and because of your will they were, and were created” Rev. 4:11
For God’s Glory. Here is an excellent article about it by John Piper: http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper80/072780m.htm
3. So in order to answer the main question of What is the church’s focus, we must read # 1 and 2 above first. If you haven’t already please do.
So what is the answer? Maybe the question needs approved upon. What should be the churches main focus?
Answer: There’s not one main thing, but many. When a church has only one underline theme about it, it becomes unbalanced in their outlook. So I will list the priority of what the church should be. The listings will not be in priority order though, as it would depend on what is happening around it, the world, and God’s will at the time. Remember though, if the focus in on one thing only, it’s out of focus. Also note, in what ever the church is to do, it’s to do for the glory of God, and not its own.
A. Salvation The main purpose of any church should be to see man saved. To be forgiven of his sins. To be cleansed. Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Romans 10:9,10 “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.”
B. To show love to other believers and to the world though action, not just words. How?
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” Hebrews 13:16
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Proverbs 14:31
Matthew 25:35-45 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
Loving each other who believe is hard enough, and loving others that are not believers is even harder. Sharing the word is hard work too, especially when you’re persecuted for it. So how are we to do these things?
C. The Empowering of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Why do we need empowered by the Holy Spirit? It says above, “to be my witnesses”.
How will the world know that they are God’s witnesses? Not by word only (there’s a lot of teachings out there isn’t there?) but by power also!
1 Corn 4:20 “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
Mark 16:15-18 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
You see, it’s almost fruitless to send out teams of people to help the Indians, if you’re not empowered by the Holy Spirit to not only build buildings, but to be a witness, and to lay hands on the sick, etc. and see them recover. Why would we go into another city, another State, another Country without being fully equip? It would be like sending a construction team to the middle or Iraq right into the battle field and say “build this building” while each side is shooting at each other. It makes no sense! You must be born again, you must be filled on high with the power of God, filled with love; inspired to do good works.
D. The Fruits of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance:”…
“They shall know us by our fruit.” Christians are growing and no one is perfect. Yet there should be visible fruit eventually. If there is no fruit at all, you are not allowing the Spirit of God to form you, to work in you to His good pleasure. Like a fruit tree, there is a season where you are just growing from being a sapling. Then into a young tree, then into a mature tree bearing fruit. Some of the fruit is at different stages of growth. Perhaps the fruit of joy is matured on your “tree” but the fruit of faith is just a bud. God will bring about all the fruit of the spirit in your life as you continue to learn to surrender knowing He is the potter at the wheel forming and shaping you into His Masterpiece!
Points A-D all work together. One without the other makes the puzzle so to speak, incomplete. All these working together makes one whole, complete, bringing God the glory through each of these things though the different aspects of service.
Inspiring you to have more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life,