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THE CHURCH

1 Timothy 4:8

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

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THE CHURCH

THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

 OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMAND 

At Blantyre Baptist we have a Mission Statement. A mission statement spells out in one sentence an organisation’s reason for existence. The following is our mission statement: It is the mission of Blantyre Baptist Church to honour God by obeying the Great Commandment and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 22:37-40; Matthew 28: 19-20). There are several purposes for the existence of the church and we have condensed them into 5 main purposes:

 EVANGELISING THE LOST;

In a layman’s or common language this means spreading the good news of salvation to those that do not believe with the purpose that they know Jesus Christ as their savior and thereby be saved. This task involves all believers who are recipients of the gospel and it is done through preaching, sharing testimony, personal witnessing, handing out gospel tracts, bring the lost to church and any methods to achieve the objective of bringing the lost to the Saviour. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Romans 10:13-15).

 DISCIPLESHIP 

It is the task of the church to make those that have been saved become followers of Jesus Christ as their Lord. It is not enough to have people in the church that are saved but that they grow in their knowledge and relationship with God. This involves teaching biblical truth and mentoring others so that they grow and they are able to reproduce themselves. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth as been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).

 FELLOWSHIP 

The church provides a conducive place to relate to all God’s children as a family. As children of God relate to one another they are encouraged in their growth and walk with God. Just like one piece of burning wood or coal cannot last long and make a bigger fire, in the same way a Christian who is by himself or herself will be easily discouraged and succumb to the attack of the enemy. Unlike worldly thinking of mind your own business, in the church we mind each other’s business. Fellowship will help you keep from backsliding. Let us not give up meeting together, as some of us are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another –and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

 WORSHIP 

The church provides a venue and an avenue for corporate worship. In a narrow sense when the believers gather they come together to exalt God. They come together to pray. They come to sing His praise. They come to Hear God speak. They come to have fellowship with each other. They come to minister to one another. All this is worship. In a wider sense whatever the church does outside a church building and beyond the local assembly that brings glory to God is worship. They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...they broke break in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people (Acts 2:42, 46, 47).

 MINISTRY 

The church is one place where we can minister to one another. To minister means to serve. In the same way that the human body has many parts that belong to it yet each one has a function in the body, God has given to each member of the body a gift with which he or she should serve for the building up of the church. We are commanded to love one another, to pray for each other, to encourage each other, to admonish one another, greet each other, serve each other, teach each other, accept each other, honour each other, bear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, submit to each other, be devoted to each other. All these are different ministries we can give to each other. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of workings but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).

OUR MISSION

To obey the Greatest Commandment and to fulfil the Great Commission.
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