The Church's Purpose to Love God Is Expressed Through Nurture

Helping People Get to Know God
 

The Priority of Nurture:

  • patterned by Jesus (Matt. 9:35; Jn. 17:6-8, 14, 17, 20) and the Apostles (Acts 2:42; 5:42)
  • commanded in Scripture (Matt. 28:19-20)
     

The Program for Nurture:

  • discipleship (Matt. 28:19 - matheteuo)
  • equipping (Eph. 4:11-16 - katartismos)
  • teaching (Matt. 28:20 - didasko)
  • preaching (2 Tim. 4:2 - kerusso)
  • exhorting (1 Tim. 4:13 - paraklesis)
     

The Process for Nurture:

  • life-long (Phil. 3:10-16)
  • developmental (Heb. 6:1)
  • relational -- corporate (1 Tim. 4:13), interpersonal (Col. 3:16), and personal (2 Tim. 2:15)
     

The Product of Nurture:

  • maturity (Eph. 4:11-13)
  • discernment (Eph. 4:14; Heb. 5:14)
  • growth (Eph. 4:15; 1 Cor. 3:6-7)
  • greater knowledge of and love for God (Col. 1:9-11; Phil. 1:9-11)
  • multiplication (2 Tim. 2:2)
     

The Church Purpose Ministry Manual provides some additional input and questions for you to reflect on regarding the priority, program, process, and end result (product) of nurture in your church.
 

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