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Lesson 24

The Mission Of The Church Of Christ

1. The Bible never refers the church of Christ as the physical building, but refers it to the body of believers who have been baptized by the Great Commission Baptism (1 Cor. 12:13; Mat. 28:19-20). Paul commanded the elders of Ephesus to "feed the church of God (Christ), which he hath ____________ with his own ___________" (Acts 20:28). It is unreasonable that Christ would shed His blood for a physical building. Therefore, the church of Christ is referred to the body of baptized believers (Eph. 2:20-22).

2. "To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly place might be known by the __________ the manifold wisdom of God, According to the ___________ ______________ which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Eph. 3:10-11). According to God's eternal purpose, the church of Christ is to reveal His wisdom regarding the salvation of men (Mark 16:15-16). Therefore, the body of believers must function and live as God has intended them to, in order to make His wisdom known to the world.

3. Jesus authorized the apostles with these words, "Go ye into all the world, and _________ the __________ to every creature" (Mark 16:15). The mission of the church, therefore, is to preach the Gospel to all the races.

4. Jesus also authorized the apostles, saying, "Teaching them to observe ______ _________ whatsoever I have commanded you ..." (Mat. 28:20). Accordingly, the mission of the church is to teach all the teaching of Christ to her members so that they might grow and be mature in the Faith (Acts 20:32; Heb. 5:12-14).

5. "Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, To _________ the fatherless and widows in their ____________ ..." (James 1:27). To relieve the poor and needy, therefore, is another mission of the church.

6. The church must defend the Faith (Jude 3), for the church is the "pillar and ground of the ___________" (1 Tim. 3:15).

Conclusion: "... even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the ________, That he might present it to himself a ____________ church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be ___________ and without ______________" (Eph. 5:25-27). Christians must cease from the practice of sin to fulfill Christ's purpose for the church, and also must live by His word to glorify God (Eph. 3:21).



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999