“I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
The apostle Paul describes the worldwide church as “the household of God” and as “a pillar and buttress of the truth”. The church is called to defend the truth about God and his salvation work against false teachings and other attacks. Satan will keep trying to mislead people, and people who resist God will oppose Christians who try to live according to God’s revealed will — for example by accusing them of intolerance and discrimination if they don’t agree with postmodern views on certain ethical questions. As a pillar of the truth, the church should stand firm and not give
in to the pressure. She should be the light that shines for the world to see (Matthew 5:14)
Moreover, the church should bear witness of the Gospel all around the globe, so that other people can come to “the knowledge of the truth” as well. The church is God’s representative and ambassador on earth, guided by the Holy Spirit. She has the commission to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
How does your local church demonstrate this calling?