Church's Purposes As We Go Out

Dr. Steve Viars February 22, 1992

- we've been talking about the local church the last few
  weeks and how the local church ought to have an important
  place in our lives because of the important place it has in
  the plan and program of our Lord

- most recently we've been talking about the purposes of the

- 3 primary ideas that have dominated our thinking have been:

   1) INPUT - what is our source concerning the purposes of
         our church?  (the Word of God - therefore, anyone
         who wants to speak authoritatively to what the
         church should or should not be doing must have
         carefully studied various passages in the Bible on
         this subject.)
           - that brings a sense of confidence because as you
             run into folks here and there who criticize you
             for what you do or don't do - as you talk to
             them, you may not be able to convince them that
             what you're doing is right--but at least you can
             intelligently discuss from the Word of God why
              you do what you do.

   2) INPUT - what did we say is one of the primary causes of
        confusion when it comes to this subject of the
        purpose of the church?  (failing to distinguish
        between purposes that are to be accomplished when we
        come together and purposes we are to accomplish we
        "go out."
           - can't confuse them
           - can't reverses them

         - as a result, we've attempted the last two weeks to
           carefully study what the passages say, and also
           whether they were speaking about a "come together"
           purpose, or a "going out" purpose

    3) Last week we studied the purposes for which we come
          INPUT? (what are they?)

             - what are some implications of that? (how
               should they affect us?)
                 - (hit issue of new folks jumping right in
                    and attending faithfully)

- today, we're going to look at the church's purposes as we
    go out.



    B. The church's purpose as we go out

        (not necessarily in order)

        1. do the work of the ministry

            Eph. 4:12

            - some Christians have the same view toward
              church as they do toward NFL Football (Sunday
              is game day)

        2. edifying the body of Christ

            Eph. 4:12

            - looking for concrete ways to build up fellow
               believers in their faith during the week

        3. mutual helpfulness

            Acts 2:44-46

        4. praising God

           Acts 2:47

        5. favor with others

            Acts 2:47 - "having favor with all the people"

        6. evangelism

            Acts 2:47 - "such as should be saved"

        7. making disciples

            Matt. 28:19

- the primary point that we want to see from these verses is
  that the Lord's purpose for us as we go out is that we
      - we share the gospel
      - make disciples
      - get them in a church where they can be baptized and
      - learn both in and out of the church how "to observe"
      - they them repeat the process

- go over the articles:

  - not criticizing anyone personally (thats why the names
      are whited out)
  - but these letters give us a great opportunity to think
    about and perhaps clarify this issue of purpose


  1) Wondering?  and "Read Matthew 25"

     a. not man's greatest need

        - must be looking for ways to share the good news of
          Jesus Christ
        - in creative ways
        - sensitive to:
            - where you are in the community
            - financial condition and generosity of the

    b. we are involved in "poor relief"

        - taxes
        - voluntary programs at work
        - BCH
        - counseling ministry
        - missionaries around the world

    c. churches aren't commanded to feed all the poor of the
       world, they're commanded to care for those in the

INPUT - (groups) - based on what we've been studying, what
         are some of the things that should mark a church
         which is seeking to have biblical purposes?

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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