by John MacArthur (Pulpit Magazine, 6 Jul 2009)

A good reflection on the primary purpose of the church. He explores fellowship, sound biblical teaching, praise of God, and ultimately, the redemption of sinful men.

Notable quotes:

The supreme purpose and motive of every individual believer and every body of believers is to glorify God, and the supreme way in which God chose to glorify Himself was through the redemption of sinful men. It is through participation in that redemptive plan that believers themselves most glorify God.

Fellowship, teaching, and praise are not the mission of the church but are rather the preparation of the church to fulfill its mission of winning the lost. And just as in athletics, training should never be confused with or substituted for actually competing in the game, which is the reason for all the training.

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