Post #76: Church…again
Here’s something I’ve been sort of pondering, as have several of my readers. What’s the purpose of the church? Good question. Well, here are some answers I’ve come up with in the past few days.
1) To paraphrase the Westminister Greater Catechism, the purpose of human beings is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Since the church is composed of human beings, I suppose the church is here to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Sounds like a plan.
2) Church is about community, having communion with other people (and by communion, I don’t just mean the sacrament involving bread and wine). The members of the body are supposed to protect and love and rebuke and be there for one another.
3) It’s about making God known and reaching the world with the love and the message of the cross.
4) C.S. Lewis: “It is easy to think that the church has a lot of different objects�education, building, missions, holding services�.The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.� That sounds fair.
So this begs more questions: Is the church doing this? Am I playing my part? Hm. Something for me to chew on.