Pastor's Blog
June 26, 2015, 7:33 AM

The Great Ends of the Church

What images come to mind when you hear the word “church”? Maybe you think of sermons and hymns that spiritually nourished you throughout your faith-life.  Perhaps you think of intelligent discussions you had in Sunday school about how a Bible text applies to your life?  You might remember potlucks you used to go to with your family after church when you were young.  The Church of Jesus Christ means a lot to me.  My pastor in Susquehanna lead me to faith in Jesus Christ.   The church is the place where my wife and I were married.  The church is the place where Charlotte and Lydia took their first steps! 

Church can mean different things to different people.  In our denomination, that’s something we encourage.  There are PCUSA churches with radically different worship styles and preaching styles.  Yet, with all the differences in church life and worship style, I think it’s important to step back and ask  some questions:

  • What is essential to the church?
  • How does God want to use our particular church?
  • What needs in our community is God calling us to meet?

To answer these important questions, I like to go to The Great Ends of the Church. 

The great ends of the church are:

  • The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
  • The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
  • The maintenance of divine worship
  • The preservation of the truth
  • The promotion of social righteousness
  • The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world

Over the first few weeks I’m with  First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, we’re going to be exploring The Great Ends of Church.   I hope it will be an opportunity to explore the ministry we’re doing together and feel a sense of renewed call to the faith that God has built in us in Jesus Christ.  

My family and I are excited about our new ministry together, and we hope you are too!  We’ll see you next week!