Ministering in the church constitutes the highest privilege. Nothing could be more honorable or have greater eternal significance than serving our Christ in His church. This privilege is also the most serious responsibility a person can undertake. Fulfilling this privilege and discharging this responsibility demands a comprehension of the church and its ministries that is correct according to God�s Word. In order to grasp the issues of the church and establish that understanding as a foundation for ministry, we need to understand a few basic truths:
     1.   The church is the only institution that our Lord promised to build and to bless (Matt. 16:18).
     2.   The church is the gathering place of true worshipers (Phil. 3:3).
     3.    The church is the most precious assembly on earth since Christ purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 5:25; Col. 1:20; 1 Pet. 1:18; Rev. 1:5).
     4.   The church is the earthly expression of the heavenly reality (Matt. 6:10; 18:18).
     5.   The church will ultimately triumph both universally and locally (Matt. 16:18; Phil. 1:6).
     6.   The church is the realm of spiritual fellowship (Heb. 10:22�25; 1 John 1:3, 6�7).
     7.   The church is the proclaimer and protector of divine truth (1 Tim. 3:15; Titus 2:1, 15).
     8.   The church is the chief place for spiritual edification and growth (Acts 20:32; Eph. 4:11�16; 2 Tim. 3:16�17; 1 Pet. 2:1�2; 2 Pet. 3:18).
     9.   The church is the launching pad for world evangelization (Mark 16:15; Titus 2:11).
     10. The church is the environment where strong spiritual leadership develops and matures (2 Tim. 2:2).
MacArthur, J., F., Jr, Mayhue, R., & Thomas, R., L. (1995). Rediscovering pastoral ministry : Shaping contemporary ministry with biblical mandates (Electronic ed.). Logos Library Systems (3). Dallas: Word Pub.
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