Should the focus of Sunday morning worship be evangelism of the lost or discipleship of the people of God? This question is crucial because it will guide the #ministry rhythms of a local church. In this discussion, Mike and Nathan discuss this topic as well as the concept of “belonging before you believe.” Is it possible (biblical) to be involved in a #church without confessing Christ as Lord.

Many wonder if the church is designed for believers or unbelievers. The answer is both, but with an important distinction.

The church, at its core, is the body of Christ, consisting of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Church services are primarily for believers for fellowship, worship, and spiritual growth. However, unbelievers are always welcome to attend. In fact, the church should strive to create a welcoming environment where unbelievers can learn about the gospel.

Early church gatherings were more secretive due to persecution. Today, churches have a responsibility to be clear about their identity and purpose. While unbelievers may attend services and hear the gospel, true belonging in the church comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

There can be a temptation for churches to focus heavily on attracting unbelievers through entertainment or watered-down messages. However, the most effective way to reach unbelievers is by presenting the clear and powerful message of the gospel and the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Key points:

  • The church is the body of Christ, made up of believers in Christ ([6:40]).
  • The purpose of the church is to glorify God, edify believers, and evangelize the lost (mentioned earlier in episodes 68-70).
  • Church services are for believers, but unbelievers are welcome to attend ([19:10]).
  • Early church services were not designed for unbelievers because of persecution ([15:42]).
  • Churches should be clear about their identity and purpose ([21:22]).
  • Unbelievers in the church service can benefit by hearing the gospel presented clearly ([22:12]).
  • Some churches focus too much on evangelism and not enough on teaching the Bible ([23:22]).
  • The Bible is evangelistic in itself ([25:12]).
  • True belonging in the church comes through faith in Jesus Christ ([30:12]).
  • Churches should avoid watering down the gospel message ([33:27]).