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I can state what I believe are the Eastern Orthodox (my faith) answers to your questions. For example, one commonly stated purpose of the church is to evangelize the lost. But is that actually necessary in a wider hope/inclusive framework? (see related question) If not, then what is the purpose? The Church (capital "C") is what Christ established ...


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I believe these are the two main candidates for what you are after: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:14 NIV The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, ...



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