September 3, 2010

Despite What You May Think

This is not the sole purpose of the church...
“In a recent survey of 1,000 church attenders, respondents were asked, ‘Why does the church exist?’ According to 89 percent, the church’s purpose was ‘to take care of my family’s and my spiritual needs.’ Only 11 percent said the purpose of the church is ‘to win the world for Jesus Christ.’” - Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
The church must be a light and example of how this can function within the Kingdom of God, which means it meets needs, but it must also be a light in that it reaches and cares for the neighborhood/world in which it is placed. We want to build a great church that meets needs and helps people grow in their faith...but a major part of our growth is learning to get out of ourselves and reach people who are away from God.

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