What Is the Ministry and Mission of the Local Church?

The Gospel Coalition 2010 Los Angeles Regional Conference


How do we do church in our communities? In this 66-minute session, Don Carson, world-renowned New Testament scholar and author, and Research Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, looks at Paul’s final message to his young protege, Timothy, as a paradigm for understanding how the local church should function. Don is the author of over fifty books, including The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament



Which of Don’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this session? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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As you engage in the ministry and mission of your church, remember that the gospel is the center of everything you say and do. Preserve the pattern of sound teaching, always recognizing that God has united together a diverse church, and work to expand the truth of the gospel in the lives of people. 



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