I’ve lifted this question by Teddy in its entirety from the previous thread, because I think its a worthwhile topic on its own.
A question. Do you believe that the church is responsible for accomplishing the very thing that God Himself accomplishes as part of His plan to wrap up this church age?
Jesus is building His own church and God adds daily those who are destined to be saved.
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
“AND THE LORD WAS ADDING to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Should we feel pressured by notions of the “Great Commission” and the necessity to advance the gospel in order to accomplish Christ’s work? Does Christ accomplish what He has placed in His own hands. Yes. Our job is to tell the truth and preach His grace. But, the work of saving men and women eternally is His work, to His glory.
How does this all fit in to our various notions of “community”?
Do we preach and evangelize? Yes. How?