The Work God Gave The Local Church

by Steve Klein

INTRODUCTION:

The pattern for work God has given to churches is clearly revealed in the New Testament.  By command, example and necessary implication, we learn that God wants churches to EVANGELIZE the lost, EDIFY the saved and AID needy saints.

I. EVANGELISM -- 1 Thessalonians 1:8 "For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place." (NOTE: This is written to "the church of the Thessalonians cf. 1:1). (ILLUS: Woman at Westminster Abbey - "Has anyone been saved here lately?") The God-given Means of Accomplishing Evangelism involves:

II. EDIFICATION -- 1 Corinthians 14:26.  The God-given Means of Accomplishing Edification:

III. HELPING NEEDY SAINTS 

Conclusion:  In John 17:4 Jesus said, "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do".  Likewise, churches glorify God when they do the work He has given them to do.  Is the church that you are a part of doing the work God gave it to do, or is it doing something in addition to or other than that work?

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