What Is the Goal of a Local Church?

Bones of Fire

It is my perception that some churches that are growing quickly see it as their purpose to facilitate as many conversions as possible. Just get people saved. This is a great goal! Churches that aren’t working hard to see converts are not being faithful.

At the same time, Ephesians 4:11-13 shows the opposite end of the goal of a local church–complete Christlikeness of every member.

he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Like I mentioned above, a local body of Christians is being unfaithful if they’re not working to see conversions. According to Ephesians 4, however, a local body is also being unfaithful if they’re…

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