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?