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Summary: 1 of 2. Every church has the same overall Purpose. We may have various means of fulfilling this Purpose, but the actual Purpose is the same. What is the purpose of this Church? Our Purpose is to...

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OUR PURPOSE-I—Mark 12:28-31 & Matthew 28:18-20

We must ask ourselves, “What is my/the church’s Purpose anyway?”

Our devotion to the Lord is sometimes not what it should be.

Need:

Every church including Needmore BC has the same overall Purpose...

God’s love compels us

To love, reach & nurture others for Christ.

We may have various means of fulfilling this Purpose, but the actual Purpose is the same.

The Church has a specific purpose.

We know the purpose of the Church.

What is the purpose of this Church?

3 Purposes for the Church.

Needmore BC will fulfill her Purpose when...

1—Our Purpose is to...

LOVE GOD in Christ(Mk. 12:29-31)

Explanation:(Mk. 12:29-31)

Background/Setting:

Mk. 12:28—“Then one of the scribes came, & having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?””

“Commandment”—Divine Directive

“The foremost”—That which takes Precedence, holds Priority & is most Important.

‘God’s Love compels us...’

a)*OUR LOVE FOR GOD:

Mk. 12:29—“Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.”—From Deut. 6:4

“Oh Israel”—God’s people—Raised/Wrought them

“The LORD”—YHWH(Ex. 3:14-15)

“Our God”—Personal

my god my people

“One LORD”—Exclusivity/Uniqueness as our God &/or 2)Unity/Wholeness.

Js. 1:17—“Every good thing bestowed & every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.”

Mk. 12:30—“‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, & with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”—From Deut. 6:5

An Intimate/Loving Relationship with God requires the fullest expression of the desire of my “Heart.”

An Intimate/Loving Relationship with God requires the fullest expression of the desire of my “Soul.”

An Intimate/Loving Relationship with God requires the fullest expression of the desire of my “Mind.”

An Intimate/Loving Relationship with God requires the fullest expression of the desire of my “Strength.”

Love & Intimacy is Impossible to do from a distance!

“Love”—We can’t truly love someone we don’t know.

a)Argumentation:

1Jn. 4:15-19—“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, & he in God. And we have known & believed the love that God has for us. God is love, & he who abides in love abides in God, & God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”

Rom. 5:8-11—“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”


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