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Finding Our Way Back

I think it is profound that the first followers of Jesus were not called Christians, as they are today. They were called “followers of the Way.” First-century historian Luke wrote about this no fewer than six times (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22).3 Luke described these men and women as “Christians” only one time, in Acts 11:26. I’m not advocating that we change our collective name, but I do wonder if we’ve lost something important in straying from that original expression the early followers of Jesus used to define themselves. To lose your way can mean only one thing: You’re lost.

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The Purpose of the Church

To Him be glory in the church.
Ephesians 3:21
If you were to survey a group of people and ask them to name the primary purpose of the church, you would probably get a variety of answers.
Some might suggest that the church is a place to form friendships with godly people. It’s where believers strengthen each other in faith and where love is cultivated and shared.
Others might suggest that the mission of the church is teaching the Word, training believers for various responsibilities, and instructing children and young people with the purpose of helping them mature in Christ.

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Reaching for the Unchurched

My heart’s desire and prayer to God … is that they may be saved.
Romans 10:1
A survey by Christian pollster George Barna found that only about half (53 percent) of born again Christians feel a sense of responsibility to tell others about their faith. Compare that with these quotes from earlier generations of believers:

“I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ.”—David Brainerd

“God, the sin of this city is breaking my heart.”—Samuel Hadley, about New York City

“Lord, give me souls or take my soul.”—George Whitefield

“Here let me burn out for God.”—Henry Martyn, on the shores of India