Southeast Church Blog
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Why So Many Churches?
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different Christian churches all over the place? There are large churches and small churches. There are diverse churches and mono-cultural churches. There are churches largely made up of young people and churches with aging congregations. If we stop to ask ourselves the question: "Why so many churches?" I think that we will find our answer in the definition of the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to win souls for Christ...to build the dominion of God on earth and to expand Christ's transformative teachings to places where they have yet not been heard.
In spite of how many churches you see as you travel up and down the streets of the city, there are still thousands upon thousands of people who have yet to embrace the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: hence, the need for all of the churches. Each believer has an individual responsibility to spread the message of the Gospel wherever we go. We must do our part in helping to save the lost.
Now, I know that there are many people who may not feel comfortable doing one-on-one evangelism, but please remember soul winning begins with prayer. Pray for the person or persons who you would like to win for Christ. Pray for God to bless them and bring them into the fold. Then do whatever you can to show love to that person to let them see that they are valuable to you and to God. Then finally, share your faith with them. Invite them to church, to Bible study, to Christian activities going on at your church. And then trust God to do the rest.
Soul winning is the purpose of the church, but never forget that the church is not a building or an institution. The church is the people...the gathered body of believers. The church is you and me.
With a zeal for evangelism,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
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