This is a three-part series.
Please read the first two parts.
After reviewing the 5 Solas–Sola Scriptura, Solo Christo, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Soli Deo Gloria–we can now give clear evidence that the Christian faith stands alone in all other beliefs in this world. There is no other God but Yahweh! Jesus is the only way to salvation and it is only by His sacrifice one can be saved. Salvation sets us free, but not just so that we can live like heathens, but that we serve God. This leads us to the next part of our series.
To quote the great philosopher Nacho Libre, “Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!” (yes i just quoted Nacho Libre), we will be answering the second question in this series: What is the role of the believer?
In order to understand purpose we must understand the grand narrative of the Bible. Creation, Fall, Rescue, and Restoration are themes of the scripture that gives the believer a vision of the mission of God. For more info on the Story of Scripture go to: http://viewthestory.com/ So what is the role of the believer? We are proclaim Christ to the nations and make disciples. We are to make much of God in simple things in our lives and we are to do that by proclaiming Him with our lips and actions. The Story reveals God’s mission of redemption. Two important doctrines that a believer must consider is the church and the mission of God.
1) The Church–A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.
2) The mission of God–It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.
If we have experienced God, it must change the way we live. Jesus has rescued the believer from death and now they live and continue to live in worship of our conquering King.
To conclude: we can ask the question…So what? What does this all mean. How does the 5 Solas and my role affect the way I live and my identity? (I’m glad you asked) It has EVERYTHING to do with your identity and how you live.
The purpose of the church is to worship God (Luke 4:8; John 4:23; Rev. 4:10), study His Word (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 4:6), pray (Acts 2:42), love one another (John 13:35; Phil. 1:1-4), help each other (Gal. 6:2), partake of baptism and the Lord’s supper (Luke 22:19-20), to learn how to live as godly people (Titus 2:11-12), and to be equipped to evangelize the world (Eph. 4:12; Matt. 28:18-20).
Doctrine matters…right belief. right affections. right actions. that is what makes our faith different.
Missions matter…that is our role. To enjoy God and make much of Him.
Be salt and light!