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What will happen to a local church which ignores or underemphasizes one of these seven duties? Examine and answer this question individually for each duty.






Which of these seven principal duties would include administration of:
- Sacraments?
- Catechism classes?
- Schools?

THE CHURCH'S SEVENFOLD DUTY
Duty Example Text

1. To serve and glorify God

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

- I Peter 2:9

2. To stress the necessity of personal conversion to God for all sinners

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

- Matthew 18:3

3. To promote spiritual growth in the lives of all regenerated Christians through preaching, teaching and administration of the sacraments

And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

- Ephesians 4:11-13

4. To exercise Christian discipline

And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

- Matthew 18:17

5. To care for the poor and needy

For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.

- II Corinthians 9:12

6. To witness to those in the community

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

- Matthew 5:14-16

7. To bring the gospel to those who are without it (evangelism and mission work)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

- Acts 1:8

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