157. Which task does the church have in the world?
According to the command of the Lord, the church must pursue missionary work and preach the gospel to all man.
Every living member of the body of Christ is called to service through intercession, witness to the truth, personal collaboration in the church, through faithfulness in their earthly job and in the use of time, money and possessions. The individual honours the head of the church by conscientiously fulfilling their duties in their family, school, society and state.
- The commandment: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. (Matthew 10:27)
- You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-14,16)
- And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it. (Jeremiah 29:7)
- Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. (1 Timothy 2:1)
- Be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15)
- Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. (Colossians 4:5)
- Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
- I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. (Acts 24:16)