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These notes aim to answer this key question, which needs to be the starting point for any decision-making, programme planning or administrative exercise.
The first section takes an overview of what Scripture says on the issue which leads into a listing of how churches too often centre their thinking on different ideas. This is followed by four developing answers as to what we as church members might be:
- Viewers – of a building
- Attenders – of services
- Members – of a body
- Disciples – of Jesus Christ.
The answers given by other writers lead into a three-fold suggestion for a way of answering our question. Any church should own:
- A God-ward development: growing in our relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- An ‘us-ward’ development: growing in our relationship with each other.
- An outward development: growing in our relationship with the world.
There are then six tests for any church’s ‘purpose statement’.
Here is the link to this item: TN124 - What's the point of church.pdf