Lesson 1 The Chief Goal of the Church

Introduction

Welcome to Setting Captives Free and our course, The Gospel and The Church. We’re glad to have you here studying the gospel with us.
Are you a pastor (or church member) looking to have a greater gospel focus in your church or personal life? Many pastors have sent their church members to Setting Captives Free to find freedom through the gospel of Jesus Christ, for “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 ESV).
David writes, “After being approached by my wife I finally confessed to her about my problem and I decided I needed to talk to my pastor about it as well. He graciously offered to meet with me regularly. He also directed me to Setting Captives Free. Through Setting Captives Free I learned the power of the cross”.
Samuel writes, “We decided to end our relationship to fix our issues we were both struggling with. I went to my pastor and he pointed me to SCF”.
Cameron writes, “Then I finally went to my pastor. I confessed that I was a slave to pornography and self-gratification. And God spoke through him and told me that this was the beginning of being free. I started to walk this journey of freedom with him. I told a different pastor what I was going through and he pointed me to SCF”.
We know pastors are busy caring for the flock, so we hope you find this course useful in assisting you or your church members (or anyone interested in studying the gospel) into a deeper understanding of the gospel and therefore a greater focus in life and ministry.
In this course we’re going to be studying the absolute necessity of having a singular gospel-only focus. Any addition other than “Christ alone” seeks to add the wisdom of man to the wisdom of God, which is futile.
Let’s begin by examining the churches chief responsibility known as “The Great Commission”, given by Jesus prior to His ascension into heaven.
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Question 1: According to Matthew 28:18-20 what is the primary function of all believers in Jesus Christ, the church?

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