Why do churches exist at all? Here are a few reasons:
- Some exist as social clubs. (Who’s who in your town? Find out here!)
- Some exist because of nostalgia. (Grandma and grandpa did, mom and dad did, so we do, too)
- Some exist for self-preservation. (We’ll do anything to get you in the door!)
- Some exist for entertainment. (Concert, anyone?)
The church of Christ exists for none of these reasons. It primarily exists to do one thing: to spread the good news of Jesus Christ the Savior (Mt. 28:18-20). In this, it brings glory to God (Eph. 3:21).
In fulfilling this mission, it is a family (1 Jn. 2:13-14), an army (2 Tim. 2:3-4), a brotherhood (1 Pet. 5:9), a body (Rom. 12:5); a royal priesthood (2 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6).
These are a far cry from a nostalgic, self-preserving, entertaining social club. We do well to keep this in mind. The church is identified by what it does, not who’s a part of it, or where it meets.
The church must constantly fight the influence of the world to be anything more or less than God intended it to be.