“More people are coming to Christ now than at any other time in history.” – Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Church
The church has a real responsibility. It is revealed in the Word of God. It is real work. It amounts to the work of people. People make up the church. Therefore, the work of the church has plenty to do with the people who come into the church and are touched by the church.
The church has a responsibility to the Lord for how it handles people. Its ultimate responsibility is to answer to the Lord and His commands of them. It represents the Lord on this earth. Its works shed light into the darkness of this world and offers mankind a reason to glorify God the Father in heaven.
The church is called to reach people. We reach people with people and through people. We do the work that touches people and impact lives on this side of heaven.
The church is called to receive people. The Lord adds to the church. That part is on Him, but we have a responsibility, too. We are to serve as wise stewards over what He provides for us. We need to handle what (and who) God gives to us in a manner that blesses God.
“Jesus commanded us to make disciples.” – Ted Haggard
“People need to feel needed.” – Myron Rush
“God has ordained the church as a place of truth.” – Bob Russell
“Ministry is a marathon.” – Rick Warren