Nov 22, 2015 |Credo

What The Church Does

11.22.15 | Credo

What The Church Does

Noel Heikkinen

Pastor Noel Heikkinen preaches on the duties of the church in regards to teaching sound Biblical doctrine, engaging changing culture, and exist for the redemption of lost people.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

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“We believe that the Church must be faithful to unchanging Biblical doctrine; must be faithful to minister in the context of a continually changing culture; exists for the redemption of lost people; has a mission to train people who respond to the gospel to go into the culture as missionaries with the gospel, using the gifts and talents God gave them; should be actively involved in planting new churches.”

– Riverview Statement of Faith

The church is like an embassy, filled with ambassadors of Christ.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:11–21)

God does the reconciling through Jesus and gives us the ministry to do through Jesus.

“Live with your century, but do not be its creature; render to your contemporaries what they need, not what they praise.” 

– Friedrich Schiller

Every church, including Riverview, is filled with people who are being reconciled to Jesus.