What is the purpose of the church? Many Christians feel that the purpose of the church is to provide a safe haven where people may freely worship God in their own way. “After all,” some say, “Isn’t our country founded on those seeking religious freedom? This may be true to some degree, but the Biblical response to the church’s purpose can be deduced from Corinthians 11:1. Paul encourages the believers to “follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ”. And what was Christ’s example? He developed followers by demonstrating the Father’s principles of love, joy, commitment, sacrifice, forgiveness, humility, faithfulness, patience, self-control, a prayer life and more. Take some time to reflect on your life. Are you developing followers of Christ Jesus by example or are you inviting people to come to church so that you can strike another notch on your belt boasting that you have filled one more vacant space on the pew? Imitating Christ Jesus is hard, yet fulfilling work and should be every believer’s purpose. Let us be forever mindful of Christ’s arduous undertaking when He died on the cross. And so let us present meaningful purpose to the church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.