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GOD'S PURPOSE FOR THE CONGREGATION

It would be interesting to take a survey and see what everybody thought of their congregations. Some might be dissatisfied. Some might think the congregation should do more. Some might be content. Some are not sure.

It is hard to decide unless we understand what the purpose of the congregation is. How many of us really know what the reason is? Does God have a purpose in mind for the congregation?

The Bible gives five purposes for the congregation. Two of them are found in Mark 12 and the other three are found in Matthew 28.

The first two:

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the command-ments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the sec-ond is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31)

These commandments apply to all of us, as individuals and as a congregation...

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Ray McManus
(Deceased)


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