Why does the local church exist?
In the Bible we find commands to equip the saints and disciple believers. We also find a command to evangelize. Local church services on Sunday mornings (or whenever they happen) often focus on one of these at a time. What does Scripture say about the function of the local church service or gathering?
This topic becomes even more complex when we consider things like operating in the charismatic gifts of the Spirit (such as tongues, prophecy, and healing). How do these things affect the church’s purpose in discipleship and evangelism?
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