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					        PURPOSE OF THE
           CHURCH
What is the purpose of the Church?

    -    your congregation
    -    the Connexion
                                 ... simply ...
To continue the ministry and mission of
Jesus Christ in the world



        -    locally
        -    nationally
        -    globally
Three parts to this module:



    -    the ministry of Jesus
    -    models of church life
    -    available resources
      JESUS’ FOCUS



“Repent – the Kingdom of God
    has come amongst you”
         (Mark 1:15)
- The Expected Kingdom

- The Kingdom now ... and to come

- A judgmental life
Signs of the Kingdom

    -   People
    -   Signs
    -   Teaching
Kingdom Principle

Kingdom Power

Kingdom results

                    - see
                    - feel
                    - hear
Kingdom Images:

        -   life

        -   light

        -   salt

        -   refuge
Kingdom call:

    consider - who is Jesus?

                - his message – relevant?

                - response– receive / reject?
                          – follow / withdraw?
Signs of the Kingdom – Christlike life

          - self-discipline
          - love
          - forgiveness
          - reconciliation
          - justice
          - joy
          - peace
The purpose of the Church therefore:

to bea fellowship of Jesus’ people

               - disciples
               - servants
               - friends
               - making disciples
And so:

together to live the life of the kingdom

- manifest its presence locally and
  globally.
- witness to its life and values

- to support and sustain each other

- call people to respond
DISCUSSION

1.   How do you see the purpose of your
     church?

2.   Do the Biblical images of the Church
     describe us?

3.   Is the Church countercultural in
     contemporary Wales?

				
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