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FITC49 – What Is The Purpose of The Church?

FITC49 - What Is The Purpose of The Church?

Faith In The City with Dr. Jonathan G. Smith

What is the purpose of the church? So often answers to this question are based on doctrinal or traditional bias rather than on the words of Jesus. But there is no ambiguity as to the answer. Jesus is clear. The church is to “go” and “make” disciples. That is the mission. Nothing more and nothing less. Surprisingly, however, the Gospels do not use the same words to describe the purpose. So is it possible to harmonize all four Gospels to discover a deeper agenda for the church?

This sermon is an extension of a recent blog post on disciple making. You can read it here.

Sermon Topic: The Purpose of the Church

Original Sermon Date: June 25, 2017

Current Sermon Series: Summer Sermons

Sermon Text: Matthew 28:18–20

Other texts referenced: Mark 16:18, Luke 24:46–48, John 20:31

Key Notes to Remember

We are to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ by:

(1) proclaiming that we have been set right with God through Jesus Christ;

(2) declaring that by repenting from our sin and receiving God’s forgiveness, we can realign our lives to his standards; and

(3) demonstrating His promise by living extraordinary lives through the peace with God.

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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