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Purposes of the Local Church, Pt. 3

August 26, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Church Passage: Ephesians 1:4–1:6

In this sermon podcast on Ephesians 4:1-16, Pastor Brent unpacks two “facets” of the equipping purpose of the local church.

God has a goal for the church. His goal is to mature His church into full and perfect Christ-likeness. This goal is to be articulated by the church and it is a goal that the church must strive to attain and achieve. In light of this goal, we learn the second purpose in the local church: the equipping of the saints for the work of service.

We learn in Ephesians chapter 4 that at the very heart and core of the church is the purpose of equipping. Gifted church members and gifted church leaders all fulfilling their roles in the equipping ministry to strive after the goal of Christ-likeness. In this message, Pastor Brent unpacks both the design and the goal of the equipping ministry of the church as he highlights it as the second primary purpose of the local church.