Satan is always out to hijack the purposes of God. Right from the beginning in the Garden, he thwarted the nature of man to hijack God’s purpose for him. Now Satan is doing the same with the church. He has convinced man to use the Church to serve himself. Megachurches and megastar pastors have become the icons of modern Christendom. The Church today is more about the people than God. We must return God’s Church back to Him and restore God’s purpose back to His Church.
So here are the 10 original purposes of God for His Church:
God’s Church must be portrayed as regal and royal in the eyes of society. Society must admire our order, ranks and authority as the Church. That’s why rebellion, lawlessness & anarchy in the Church has to cease. The world is full of dishonour, disorder and breaking of ranks. So believers cannot perpetuate the same. Everything we do must be governed and ordered well. So, have a well-ordered life, family and marriage. Order the way you think, speak and carry yourself in your dealings and associations.
Accordingly, His Body which is the Church, is the standard for everything that takes place in the earth. The Church is the standard-bearer for the non-Christian world (1 Cor.14:24-25 “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all…And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth”). When non-Christians look at our lives, families, how we manage & use our resources/ finances & so forth, they must feel so deficient that they will say: “Let’s go up to Zion & there learn the ways of God.” (Isa.2:3)
We must hear what the Lord is saying & go and tell them: “This is what the Lord told us…” Tell the non-Christians too; many will turn to God when we do. The Church must be able to speak into people’s lives at any time and in any place. After all Christ came to give people life in abundance and not salvation only. The Church is all about being God’s voice in the earth.
We should never limit Kingdom expansion to the four walls of the local Church. It goes beyond. Our members must get out into every domain of society and change the world. They must be trained to take over in the domains where God has positioned them, whether in education, business, politics and so forth.
Eph. 3:10 – “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places”
Church members must be trained to win battles in the spirit world and not in the natural. In the natural the enemy has power over them. But in the spirit, they have power far above all principalities & powers. Therefore, they must take their problems to the spirit world & deal with them there. This approach provides permanent answers and will eliminate the need for draining counselling sessions.
The Church is God’s dwelling place. “Dwelling” means to make a place home; to live and express oneself freely & with no restrictions. We cannot put God under house arrest in His own house! Is He able to manifest in any way He wants in your Church? Can He express Himself freely? If He can then we have built the Church accurately.
The Church should not be dominated by one single culture for this divides the Church (Eph.2:14 – “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation”). Neither should the prevailing culture of the city or environment (e.g. the socio-economic conditions) be dominant in the Church. Only the culture of the Kingdom must be present.
Kingdom culture is the dominant culture and we must work towards that culture alone. We are not a multi-cultural or multi-racial Church. We are a heavenly Church. The Church is created by Him & He is heavenly. The culture of the Church is therefore a heavenly culture (i.e. Kingdom culture). We need to raise a Church that understands that every dividing wall is broken: culture, age, gender, status and class.
God is using us, His Church, to fulfil this pledge to bring every enemy under total subjection to Christ. The purpose of the Church then is to complete & finish Christ’s final battles with His enemies (e.g. sin, sickness, satan, wickedness). The Church will also deal with, and destroy, the final enemy of Christ: death! That’s why the Church cannot become preoccupied with fighting its own personal, internal or domestic battles. Members must rise above their personal battles so they can take on the enemies of God.
God moves on our behalf when we walk in covenant with Him. He attests to our covenant with Him with signs, wonders & miracles. God will manifest and reveal that He is present with us when we keep covenant with Him, just as He did with Elijah on Mt Carmel.
Even the witchdoctors, diviners and sorcerers in the world manifest supernatural powers because they choose to covenant with demonic spirits. In the same way, when God manifests in His Church, everybody will recognise that we are His friend, ally & partner.
God’s ultimate goal is to gather all things in heaven and earth together in Christ. Through His Church God will bring everything in subjection to the Christ. The Church is called to pull everything and align it to Christ. If the Church is called to align all things to Christ, it must itself be accurately built and aligned to the head of the Church.
To take hold of the powers of the air and change your city, the Church must be built strong. Nothing in your environment can change until the church is built accurately, enabling it to rise to a position of power. This is God’s purpose for His Church: that your entire city and nation be changed and adjusted to the measure of Christ.
(This is an adaptation of a discourse by Dr Jonathan David)