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Short Take #4: The Purposes and Priorities of the Church

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March 17, 2021 1:09 am

Short Take #4: The Purposes and Priorities of the Church

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March 17, 2021 1:09 am

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Here is another short take Christian worldview with Dave and we want to read a quote from another very well known evangelical Rick Warren the new source for this, but I'm reading this in a recent interview Pastor Rick Horn of the California-based saddleback church said he rejects the notion that churches are being discriminated against during covert. He posited that covert, 19 revealed what he said is a quote fundamental weakness in the church." Which is that most churches see worship that's the word you used Eric as their sole purpose quote and if you take worship away. You've got nothing there in a hurry to get back to worship because that's all they got you set but the 20,000 member saddleback church is built not on one purpose, but on five Warren explained, quote you take one circle out. I guess that means worship you still got for other circles.

We got ministry going on. We got mission going on, we've got fellowship going on we got discipleship going on. They all stand on their own unquote that from Rick Warren, one of the most influential evangelical so sort of in the same ballpark. You could say is Andy Stanley with regard to the staying away. Don't don't meet in person, and so forth. What are the purposes of the church.

Eric maybe you could list them in order of priority. The great question without knowing more more the context they're encouraging on it as well because you take worship away got nothing. A hurry to get back to shoot to work with all they have. David, our God is great God, he is right God the father, clap your hands all people shout to God with the voice of joy for the Lord most high is to be feared. A great King over all the earth. Psalm 95, bow down, let us worship the Lord our God. Again, I just got idea is to seem foreign to the Scripture worship is the launchpad for all of the Christian life without worship we have nothing we can still share the gospel like theoretically if we didn't go to church on Sunday, we can still share the gospel and must get to with our not yet believing, neighbors and family and friends and and and emissions and have have informal fellowship but when you read the Scripture cover to cover. It always about worship. Worship is the starting point, the midpoint, the endpoint evangelism is worship and and everything else in the Christian life is the flow from worship and really again are our Christian life and all the other duties flow from worship of the church is to be a worshiping community is to be a witnessing community as well. Our already talk about the purposes of the church in a Jesus leave that out Matthew 28, 18 to 20 were he says you are the church are to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the father from the Holy Spirit, kitchen and of the ribbing.

I command you with you and so we are to do that but to say that while we don't need to gather for worship to do that. I think I need to eat to go to work at the go for a jog to function.

Worship is the main thing David everything from Genesis to Revelation. Worship and so are straight and alignment and even our biblical doctrine that know-how the knowledge of how to do everything else in the motivation of the enjoyment comes from worship preeminently as God is commanded in this day corporate worship as to the idea that churches are being discriminated against. Hi just I can't really agree with that.

Again, God has given government the authority to bear the sword against evil that actually will of God defines to collect taxes from doing so to reward the righteous is not given secular authorities the right jurisdiction to regulate Christian worship and when they attempt to bear overstepping their God-given bounds and whether or not that country is a constitutional republic or not. So it certainly is that it certainly is dissemination and yes, the light persecution much lighter than some of her but is this is faith now and have faith but nevertheless it absolutely is overstepping their bounds and therefore discrimination that we don't make it. We don't riot over it.

We don't cause a ruckus will why because while in first Timothy 21 to 2 God says I want you to be quiet and dignified with crazier authorities and the mission to maintain with vandalizing the law in the following pricing but nevertheless I found God.

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