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Why does the church of Christ Exist?

posted on October 14, 2011

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.

Rick Kelley
Prestonsburg, KY

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