Why do we have Churches? What is their purpose?
Number one: What IS Church?
The word, "church"is a English-Launguage word translated from the original Greek Ekklesia. This means a Assembly of called out ones." (from the book Mystery of the Ages)
Originally, the church or group of called out ones (those God called OUT of the World to a new way of living) was called a congregation. Not a building but a group of people. All having the same purpose and desire to know and follow God. These specially called out and set apart Students (disciples means students) are to learn the TRUTH. The true gospel of the coming kingdom of God.
This church belongs to God, with Jesus its Head
1Corn 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
To learn how to be rulers and saints of the most high. Overcoming to reign with Christ when he comes to replace Satan on the throne of this earth in time coming. To develop divine Godly Character. To overcome sin and temptations of the flesh.
God told this to his children in the old testament:
And we shall reign on the earth.”