The Church's Purpose to Love People Is Expressed Through Outreach

Helping Others Get to Know God and Put Him First
 

The Priority of Outreach:

  • God's precept: go and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • God's purpose: to seek and save the lost (Lk. 19:10)
  • God's patience: not wanting anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9)
  • God's passion: compassion toward the lost (Matt. 9:36-38; 23:37)
     

The Program for Outreach:

  • Elements: fishing for men (Mk. 1:17); being ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:18-20); making disciples (Matt. 28:19)
  • Emphasis: Christ, not ourselves (2 Cor. 4:5); process, not an event (1 Thess. 2:1-11)
  • Empowerment: Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8); prayer (for ourselves - Eph. 6:18-20; Col. 4:4 for opportunities - Col. 4:2-3; 2 Thess. 3:1; for the lost - Rom. 10:1; for more workers - Matt. 9:37-38); some have gift of evangelism (Eph. 4:11)
  • Energy: moved by love (2 Cor. 5:14); a passion toward the lost (Rom. 9:3; Ps. 126:5-6); place value on individuals (Lk. 15:1-10)
  • Entrustment: a stewardship requiring we be faithful (2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Cor. 4:1-2); based on grace not our merit (Eph. 3:8-9)
  • Evidence: life backs up words (2 Cor. 6:3-10; 1 Thess. 2:4-12; 1 Pet. 3:16)
  • Expansion: from immediate sphere of influence outward (Acts 1:8)
     

The Process for Outreach:

  • answer (2 Tim. 4:2-5; 1 Pet. 3:15)
  • be a light (Matt. 5:14-16)
  • be the salt (Matt. 5:13)
  • declare (1 Pet. 2:9)
  • implore (2 Cor. 5:18-20)
  • persuade (2 Cor. 5:11)
  • preach, proclaim, herald (2 Tim. 4:2)
  • teach (Matt. 28:20)
  • testify (2 Tim. 1:8)
     

The Product of Outreach:

  • disciples made (Matt. 28:19)
  • fellowship made possible with those who believe (1 Jn. 1:3)
  • glory to God (2 Cor. 4:15)
     
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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 outreach in your church.
 

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