What Kind of Church Should We Be?

What Kind of Church Should We Be?

Special guest speaker Bishop Rick Whitter

We can’t be the church that the culture wants us to be.

But we must be the church that the culture needs us to be.

What is the purpose of the church?  Ephesians 3:10-11

The biggest threat coming to the Christian church today is not the opposition and resistance from our surrounding culture.

The biggest threat coming to the Christian church today is the response of the church to the opposition and resistance.

We do our best work as the church when we answer anger with kindness, cursing with blessings, persecution with prayers and hatred with love.

What does the world need from the church?

What are the responsibilities of the church to the world?

What Has God assigned us to do?

1.Represent Jesus in the world. II Corinthians 5:20 

2. Preach the Gospel – it is the Good News!  I Corinthians 1:21, Romans 1:16 

3. Live what we preach    II Corinthians 3:2   

    St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”

4. Offer hope   I Peter 3:15 

5. Love, not hate.   Love God: I John 4:8 

    One another: I John 4:7 

6. Speed the coming of Jesus.   II Peter 11b-12a

The church is not to be a warehouse for converts, rather a distribution center of disciples. ~Lee JolicoeurDennis