In Matthew 16:18-19 Jesus speaks to Peter about us; His Church:
“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means rock), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (New Living Translation)
The word “church” here is “ekklesia” which means: A gathering of citizens called out ” from” their homes into some public place, an assembly. And the second part is they are called out “FOR” a purpose!
We, the Church, are the hope of the World.! We are called out “FROM” our Christless lives “FOR” eternal life in Christ! But we are not citizens of Heaven yet (though our names are written there!). So we need to understand not just what we are called out from but what we are called out for. They church is called to “Go” and “make disciples” it is the mission of every believer! Yet it seems we can easily get lost in the church thing and began to “attend church” instead of “being the church”. We can settle (with the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven in our pockets) into comfort and church service can become church serve us! I ask the following questions to create some good dialogue.
What have have been saved for?
How are you walking out the call of God upon you life?
If you are a senior Pastor:
Is your church focused on reaching your region for Christ?
What strategic steps are being taking to reach out into your community?
What results are being experienced?
Is your church turned inward toward one another?
Are people coming to Christ in your church services?
Are they becoming disciples?
How do we turn an inward focused church back toward it’s mission?