Why On Earth Is the Church Here
Dr. Blake Carroll
Matt. 28:16-20 (NKJV)
1. Why on earth is the church here? What is the main business of the church? The passage of Scripture, Matthew 28:16-20, comes after the resurrection of Jesus. He is getting ready to go back to heaven, and He is giving instruction to His disciples.
2. Any organization, institution, or business on this earth justifies its existence only insofar as it carries out the purpose for which it was founded. This is certainly true in every area of life. A grocery store justifies its existence if it continues to make groceries available to people. Suppose you walked into a grocery store and asked to buy a dozen bananas. If they said, "We're sorry, we don't sell food here, but we've got some motor oil if you'd like to have that," it wouldn't be long until they were out of existence.
3. Suppose you went into a university, walked into the registrar's office and said, "I would like to sign up for some courses. I would like to educate myself in several areas." Suppose they say to you, "We don't have any courses available for you, but if you'd like a dozen bananas, we have plenty of those." It wouldn't be long until that institution were out of existence.
4. Any organization, any institution, any business on this earth justifies its existence only as long as it accomplishes the purpose for which it is intended. Now that is true also of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why on earth is the church here? What is the main purpose of the church?
5. In Matthew 28, there are certain statements from Jesus that give us the irresistible logic regarding why on earth the church is here. If there is a heaven and a hell-and there is-and if Jesus died on the cross to make it possible for people to go to heaven and not go to hell-and He did-then the most important business of the church is to let people know that they do not have to go to hell. They can go to heaven. Because Jesus died on the cross for their sins, it is possible for them to go to heaven. That is the irresistible logic of evangelism, and it is the irresistible logic of the main business of the church.
6. The church exists on this earth for the sole purpose of evangelism. The word evangelism is taken from a Greek verb that means, "to tell good news." The noun is the word evangelion, which is translated "gospel" in many passages in the Bible.
7. Evangelism is simply the work of telling the good news that Jesus died on the cross, that He was buried, that He rose again, and that those people who turn from their sins by repentance, and who, by faith, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him as their personal Savior, will not go to hell, but to heaven. That is the work of evangelism, and that is why the church exists.
8. A recent article in a local newspaper described a wealthy man who had announced his intentions to begin an institution. He was going to start this institution because he believed t ...
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