To Love The Lord, John 4:23-24 & Ephesians 5:18-20.
To Pray For Worldly People, See Isaiah 56:7 & Mark 11:17 & Matthew 9:37-38, Romans 12:12.
To Teach Truth & Proclaim Christ, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 3:8-11.
To Serve The Disadvantaged & Oppressed, Matthew 25:34-46, 1st John 3:17-19.
To Train The Faithful, 2nd Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 4:11-13.
Obviously there is not one single Christian that can do all of these things really well, that is why we are a body with several members. However, every Christian can fulfil God’s purpose. So in which of these purposes do you really succeed? There is a list of gifts which God describes the church sharing in, read the entire chapter of Romans 12. Surely there are a few things you can excel in, and/or at least try each of them.
The Purpose of Christ for the church in…
…PROPHECY, v6, is to show our faith in his second coming and our resurrection.
…SERVICE, v7, 11, is to show integrity & enthusiasm.
…GIVING, v8, 13
Every single gift given to us as Christians, individually members of the church, has a purpose. God’s love (agape) should be seen in that gift and/or talent, see 1st Corinthians 16:14. Agape is a much celebrated word, found in over 47 verses of the Gospels, and in over 32 verses of the Epistles and the Revelation. However, it is surprising that there is not a single verse in Acts which has the word agape! Why? Simply because God’s love is seen in action throughout all 28 chapters of Acts. Love is not just talked about in the church, love is shown in the church. Family, we should not be loving in just word, but in deed! From the first chapter in Acts, God lovingly gives the apostles His promise and a new apostle in Matthias, to the last chapter wherein God lovingly gives an imprisoned Paul the strength to preach & teach the gospel of Christ to “all” who came to him, both military & civilian. So today the love of God continues to be spread by each Christian through the living message, acting out the grace and knowledge of Christ in you. How do you fulfill the purpose of Christ in your daily life? See 1st John 3:18