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Summary: This sermon was preached as our charter service and I have preched it every year since to remind us why we’re a church. It can easily be preached to any church as a sermon on the purpose of the church.

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NEW HOPE’S CHARTER MEMBERSHIP SERVICE

JUNE 4, 2000

TEXT: Matthew 16:13-19

INTRODUCTION: This morning we are here to charter our church’s membership. We have been called to build a church in this community upon the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ!

God has called us to do a great work. We are doing what few do today and that is start a church. It will not be easy, it will have opposition from Satan, but it will be rewarding.

What is the purpose of this church? What are our goals? How will we achieve them?

I. TO WIN SOULS TO JESUS CHRIST

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The most important purpose for the existence of this church or any other church for that matter, is to win people to Jesus Christ. Our souls are immortal, they will exist for all eternity in either heaven or hell. It is our job as Christians to witness to those around us.

It is my job as Pastor to tell everyone that comes through our doors that they are sinners in need of a Savior. Some people don’t like to hear that. They come to church to feel good. Well, if they are not saved they should walk out these doors scared to death, not happy.

Ezek 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

If I fail, if we fail to warn people of the eternal damnation that awaits them if they reject the salvation that God provides through Jesus Christ, then they’re blood is on our hands. I don’t care what I am preaching about, if I think there might be a lost person in the service, I will get the Gospel in my message one way or another. I will tell them that they are sinners in need of a Savior. I will not worry if they are offended.

I don’t want them to point a finger of accusation at me at the Great White Throne saying I didn’t warn them. I would rather have them mad at me for telling them the truth now then mad at me for not telling them then.

I’m not the one that offends them anyway, even though I may be the object of their offence, it is the cross that offends them.

1 Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

THROUGH MISSIONS

“Go ye into all the world.” We will also as a church support missionaries that go out and preach the Gospel. This is how we reach the world for Christ.

When we give to missions, we are taking a part in winning souls. We have a reward in heaven when the missionaries we support win others to Christ. Our financial support, and our prayer support, go toward fulfilling the Great Commission.


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