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

Matthew 16:18

New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

 We are to learn from God.  The turning from Satan's way of greed, self interest, anger, get to God's way of love, give to others, putting others before your own interest, love to God and love to neighbor. 

1Corn 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 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:

Ezekiel 20:18-28

New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “But I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols. 19 I am the Lord your God: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; 20 hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that Iam the Lord your God.’

We are to be learning and teaching those God calls the Statues, Judgments, and Sabbaths of God!  NOT mans idea of laws, rules, celebrations but GOD'S!  

We need to read and study, follow God's word on what is truth.  THIS is the purpose of Church.  A gathering of people who sincerely want to change their lives to living right before God.  It is NOT blending with society but being separate in our thoughts, actions.  To learn God's government.  

The purpose of the church is NOT to save the world!  NO!  It is a to teach and train those called out now to live according to God  GOD will save the world.  God is the only one with Christ who CAN save the world.  In His time and His way. According the plan of God.  

The gathering of peoples are to be practicing the acts of service to others in need, caring for the sick, the needy, the poor, the downtrodden, etc.  They will not be won over by our words but by our love, the action of Godly love toward all mankind.  
Read also:  1st Cor.12:27 Eph. 1:23 , Eph 2:21, REV 3:21,2:26-27

Revelation 5:10

New King James Version (NKJV)
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

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