C.S. Lewis on The Purpose of the Church

Excerpted from Mere Christianity:

It is easy to think that the church has a lot of different objects – education, building, missions, holding services.  Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects – military, political, economic, and what not.

But in a way things are much simpler than that.  The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life.  A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden – that is what the State is there for.  And unless they are helping to increase and prolong such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.

In the same way the church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs.  If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.  It is doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.  It says in the Bible that the whole universe was made for Christ and that everything is to be gathered together in Him.

I find this to be such a helpful reminder, that all of the work of the ministry is about drawing men to Christ and helping them to look like Christ.  As I shared with our staff this morning, we have to keep that mission before us always.  If we’re not constantly pointing people to Christ, little else matters.

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