Several years ago, in conversation with my dad, we were discussing the purpose and mission of “the church”. Obviously, there are a number of things people might put in this category, and all of them would be just fine as important components of the church’s mission. But, we were trying to narrow down to the one, single mission the church is to have on the earth today. Let me take a small side tour and let you know that “the church” is not a nameless, faceless monstrosity of a corporation or denomination. YOU are the church so, by extension, we’re asking the question “what is your mission on the earth today”. In the course of that conversation, we arrived at the idea our greatest mission, our greatest expression of worship to God is to share the Good News of the saving power of Jesus Christ shown to us through His loving sacrifice on the Cross, and His demonstration of the ultimate power through the Resurrection.
And then, as I still do today, I look around at the “Christians’ I know and wonder why so few ever bother to share their faith. I don’t mean telling someone you go to to church, or that you’re religious. I mean, looking someone you love or even a total stranger in the face and telling them you love Jesus Christ and have entrusted your life to His purposes both now and for all of eternity. You tell them the truth of the Word revealed to you that you had a terminal illness because of your sins, and that Jesus Christ offered to heal that illness if you would choose to align your life with His life and walk as a follower of Christ.
This is the over - arching purpose of the church and is the ultimate act of worship.
Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1
There is no greater thing you could do than to share Jesus with those who are still searching. I think we have to ask the question, why don’t we? Only you can answer that for yourself. If you decide to step out and share your faith, this article from my friend Ed Stetzer might be able to help as you encounter the shifting ideas of today’s culture.