Pastor Don, in this teaching states:
“Some have said that the day of the Evangelist is over. The Church, due to television and other mass media outlets is now the place to bring people to Christ. But there is a reason why great evangelists, such as Reverend Billy Graham, went out of the local church and into the stadiums of the world in order to evangelize. The reason is that THE REALM of the local church, in order to be functioning under the Pastor and local leadership accurately, is designed to be a place of discipleship, nurturing the change that must be effected in those who have already come to Christ. You can’t use the same pulpit effectively for making a priority of both evangelism and discipleship. Because the message of Christ’s acceptance of the sinner through His free and unqualified grace is the more “attractive” message, local Pastors are switching from discipleship to evangelism. As a result, in many current-day local churches in the great cities of the nation and the world, the church has become the only evangelistic arm. Unfortunately, in that church environment, that leaves no pulpit “space” for the work of the Church which is the harder job of discipleship, “fitting them for the master’s use. What results is a Church seeking to accommodate those coming out of the world, bringing the world, and its customs with them.
In this week’s study, we learn that the Church was designed by God to be a place where those who confess Christ as Savior and Lord are “called out of the world” into a realm, instituted by God to be a kind of “womb” or an “incubator” where the believer might be prepared (molded and shaped) into a new kind of vessel from that which they were in the world. In this REALM they are to be taught self-sacrifice, temperance and the necessity of being “fitted” for the Master’s use. The Church was designed to be a place where they might be discipled and nurtured for change in their manner of conduct, the lifestyle they lived in the world. Through this process, they would become acceptable to enter into and serve in the Kingdom of God.
The Complete WordStudy Dictionary – Church: ἐκκλησία ekklēsía; - A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause); and a derivative of καλέω kaleō - to “call”; a calling out –
The terms ‘the kingdom of God’ and ‘the church’ are distinguished in Scripture separately. The kingdom appears to be a reign rather than a realm, which the church is. These two ideas, however, are complementary, the one implying the other. Sometimes it is hardly possible to distinguish between them. It may be true that by the words ‘the kingdom of God,’ our Lord means not so much His disciples, whether individually or as a collective body, but something which they receive or a state upon which they enter. His kingdom is visibly represented in His church, and it prepares for the kingdom as it is to come in glory.”
Simply state, the word “Church,” in the Greek means “CALLED OUT,” and references the fact that once a person accepts Christ, he/she is called out of the world into THE REALM of body of Christ (the Church) for preparation for something. That “something” is called the Kingdom of God where one must be called and chosen to enter into greater service to the Lord Jesus and our great Father God.
2Timothy 2:21 AMP So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.
When a person accepts Christ, therefore, they are called out of the world into THE REALM of the Church to prepare them to be “worthy to receive and enter THE REIGN of Kingdom of God” for service to Christ and the Father God.
The Church being” THE REALM” of discipleship, preparation and maturity serves as a type of “womb” in which every person accepting Christ is called into for instruction on how to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father God, and one another. As they grow up in Him, they are able to enter "THE REIGN” of Christ’s Kingdom.