The purpose of this blog is to explore the nature of the church according to Scripture in parallel with my PhD studies in Biblical Theology. Specifically, I’m interested in the purpose of the meeting of the church. In other words, I want to answer the following the question: According to the New Testament, what was the purpose of the church gathering together?
I think that Scripture tells us that the purpose of the church meeting was edification. The primary indicator of this is 1 Corinthians 14:26 –
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up [edification]. (1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV)
However, even if the purpose of the church meeting is edification, this is not a complete answer. For example, this leads to other questions: What is edification? What does it mean to edify someone? How does someone know if they are edifying or being edified? Who does the edifying and how? Who is edified and how? What leads to edification?
So, I thought I would give you an opportunity to answer these and other questions relating to edification. What do you think?