Can My Local Congregation Know God’s Purpose?
Yes! How? Two simple answers:
Your congregation can know God’s general purpose for them. It is to reach the lost and make disciples and to help Christians grow spiritually (Eph.3:9-11; Matt.28:19-20; Eph.4:11-15; Acts 16:2). If more congregations did these two things, the church would be growing numerically and spiritually. But many congregations have no plan to carry out the Great Commission. The mission of the church is NOT to assemble but to transform lives with the gospel of Christ.
Your congregation can discover the greatest real needs in the church and design ministry to meet those needs. This is easily done. You will have to know your people and their needs. You can also ask members what they feel the needs are. When you discover the needs, you have a pretty good idea what God’s purpose is for your congregation: to meet these needs. The goal of every such ministry is to promote spiritual growth.
Your congregation can discover the greatest real needs in the community and design ministry to meet those needs. I may be able to save you a lot of time with this one because I’ve done the foot work and I’ve talked with other churches who did what I did. I’ve talked with the chief of police, school officials, city council members, state representatives and senators, city and county mayors and they all say the same thing: the family is falling apart and there is great drug abuse. We can create ministries that promote solid families and help those who are addicted. These ministries can be preventive or corrective in nature. Above all, they should be evangelistic; only Jesus can solve all the family and addiction issues in our culture.
I think it is also vital that members of your congregation discover how God has designed them for these purposes. I am of the opinion that when members discover how God has designed them for ministry and when they know the needs of the members and the citizens of their locale, they will see a clear vision/purpose for their congregation. If your members have no clue as to their personal purposes in life, then how in the world would they ever see how they fit into God’s purpose for the local church? Both are necessary.
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