Summary: What is the purpose of the Church? This sermon proposes that the church is to be about our Father's business of gathering for worship regularly, witnessing and growing his church.
‘Do you know your Father’s Business’
June 16, 2019, 2018 –AM
Mexia Baptist Church
1. If you are about your Father’s business, you come to the Father’s house. Luke 2:46-47
2. Our Father’s business is seeking to win the lost. Proverbs 11:30
3. Our Father’s business is growing and building his Church. Ephesians 4:12
Open: My family & I are excited to be here. It’s with great joy I stand here today and begin my ministry with you. I feel very privileged to be able to preach God’s word to you. Each week, I plan to bring to you what I feel is a message for you, as a Church. As pastor, I want to love you and teach you the Word of God. I want to live these messages in my own life and help you as well. A church is a family and a family has a leader. The leader sets the tone for the church. This morning, I want you to know – Christ is the leader of our church. I take my cues from Him.
Since Christ is our head, today we must ask ourselves One question: what is the purpose of the church?
What’s the purpose of your business?
In Business school, they’ll tell you the purpose of a business is to make a profit.
To make more than you spend. To have a profit.
If you sell hamburgers & french fries, you wanna have more Cash coming in, than going out.
It’s that simple.
It’s important to know what business you are in and what’s the purpose of your business.
Teachers educate children. Coaches instruct & inspire a team to play & win.
Sales persons must make sales, of their product, to make a living.
If you’re a baker, you sell baked goods and need people to buy them.
If you’re an elected official you represent your people of your area and create policy & programs to improve commerce & living.
If you’re a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you’re purpose is ….
What’s the purpose of the Church? To be about our Father’s business.
See the Lord’s Church existed long before you and I. And long after we’re gone, the Lord’s Church will thrive and grow. God established his Church to bring glory to Himself. He wants us to ‘make Much of Him.’ The purpose of the Church is to ‘bring Glory to God.’
In short, spread the name & the fame of Jesus.
So, we must know what our Lord’s business is, so we know how to be about it.
1. If you’re about your Father’s business, you come to the Father’s house. Luke 2:46-47
Jesus was on a trip with his earthly parents. During their visit, He went to His heavenly Father’s house. He had to. He wanted to discuss His Father’s Word and be around the people of God. He loves His Father and wanted to be about His Father’s business.
His parents were surprised Jesus was not in their group, as they traveled back home. Jesus did not disobey his parents. His priorities were his Heavenly Father’s business. He sat at the feet of the Teachers of God’s word and answered questions about God’s ways. This was food for his soul. He loved being in His Father’s house.
Ask: How many of you love coming to Church? You look forward each week to gather with your brothers & sisters, in Christ?
You want to be fed God’s word in Sunday school, in worship, in prayer. You long to hear from God and be with his people.
Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:24-25, ‘Do not forsake the gathering of yourselves, as some are in the habit of doing.’
Scripture also says, ‘ I was glad when they said to me, let us go unto the House of the Lord.’
If you Love God, you love His Church. You love to be among His people. Sure on Sundays in our worship times & SS and on Wednesday night. But, you love to be around God’s people on Tuesday night and Friday. You forgive each other, pray for each other, bear one another’s burdens.
*On any given Sunday, at least half of our Church members aren’t here. Why is that?
Is worship with the Lord’s people not important? Should it be so important that it gets Top Billing in our life? It should.
Church stats in American:
52 Million people worship each week in 2005. Only 23-25% of Americans shows up to church at least 3 out of 5 Sundays.
Question: What if in 2019 you and your family recommitted yourselves to be faithful to our Church? Meaning, if this body gathers for worship, you’re here. Sunday morning, Sunday night, whenever.
What would happen, in our Church, if we all committed to be here and be about our Father’s business?