What Is the Church to Be Doing?

What Is His Church to Be Doing?Text: Matthew 28:20

This is the fourth and final lesson in a series dealing with the church. We already noticed that Jesus built ONE church; that His church is to follow His will; and that God adds people to the church upon believing, repenting, and being baptized. In this lesson, we’re going to ask the question: What is His church to be doing? After all, it is His church; so we should seek His will.

Bringing Glory to Him

  • To Him be the glory in the church” (Ephesians 3:21) – this is done by doing His will (cf. John 17:4)
  • A godly wife is the crown of her husband (Proverbs 12:4; 31:10-12) – parallel between Jesus and the church (Ephesians 5:22-24); the church submits to His leadership
  • The church does not glorify the Lord by doing whatever we think will please Him (Matthew 7:21-23) – the church brings glory to Him by submitting to His will for the church

The Works of the Church

  • Evangelism (1 Thessalonians 1:8) – by individuals (Acts 8:4); by preacher(s) there (Acts 11:25-26); by sending preachers (Acts 13:1-3; cf. Romans 10:15); by supporting preachers elsewhere (2 Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:15-16)
  • Edification (Ephesians 4:16) – by the “leaders” in the church (Ephesians 4:11-12); by all of the members (Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25); by focusing on the word of God (Acts 20:32)
  • Benevolence (Acts 4:34-35) – for saints, never for non-saints (Acts 4:32; 11:29; Romans 15:26; 1 Corinthians 16:1; 2 Corinthians 8:4); only when there are not others to help (1 Timothy 5:16); only under exceptional circumstances (Acts 11:28-29); meant to be a temporary measure (2 Corinthians 8:14)
  • Worship (Acts 2:42, 46-47) – the church gathered together regularly (Acts 2:42; 20:7; Hebrews 10:25); Lord’s Supper and giving on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 16:1-2); we also read about singing (Colossians 3:16), praying (Acts 2:42), and preaching/teaching (Acts 11:26)

What About Other Works?

  • There are many other works that people have their churches doing – day cares, youth camps, benevolence for non-Christians, etc.
  • Many of these are “good works” for individuals to be doing – does this mean they are “good works” for the church to be doing?
  • There are limits to the work the church can do – do only those things which are authorized (Colossians 3:17; Matthew 7:21-23); not to do everything that individuals might do (1 Timothy 5:16); instead, the church must simply hold to the traditions handed down by the apostles (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Conclusion

  • The church is not to be anything that we (or those we are trying to reach) want it to be
  • The church must submit to the will of Christ in all things – just as we as individuals committed to do when we obeyed the gospel and were added to the church

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