Do You Really Know the Purpose of the Local Church?

I wanted to try something a bit different this week. I want to hear what you think. I read a quote this week that I wanted to discuss with you (as in actually discuss).

What is the purpose of the local church? This may be a surprise but it’s not to preach the gospel. The purpose of the local church is to equip, build up and encourage believers to walk with the Lord so that they can go out and evangelize and turn their world upside down.

What are your thoughts?  Do you agree?  disagree? As I read this quote, I thought about believers I know who would fall on both side of this argument.  I’d like to hear your thoughts.  What is the purpose of the local church?  How can you back it up with Scripture?  Why do you believe you are right?

church1Below there is a section that says “Leave A Reply”–take some time to discuss your thoughts on the purpose of the local church.  How can we fulfill that purpose more effectively?  As you answer & read other’s comments, reply (respectfully).  Ask questions and let’s dig a little deeper.  Let’s give room for the Holy Spirit to cement or transform our beliefs as we act as iron sharpening iron.

Now it’s your turn…What do you believe is the purpose of the local church? Why?

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