Along with the gospel message, God tells His servants to sound the alarm and give a warning message (Ezekiel 33:1-12). God’s servants are told to “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins (Isaiah 58:1).
The Church also has a duty to feed the flock. Christ told Peter to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17). The apostle Paul instructed the elders, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). Paul wrote to Timothy, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.” The apostle Peter encouraged the elders to “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by constraint but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but becoming examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” We are to follow Christ’s example “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). God’s servants have the responsibility to serve the brethren and to prepare a people to rule with and under Christ. The Word of God is the instrumentation through which they fulfill these tasks. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). He encourages His called-out ones to “not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The Church today might look different than it did nearly two millennia ago when the apostles first received the commission to preach the gospel to the world; But some things would still be the same. The Church of God would be kept in God’s name (John 17:11) – the Church of God. It would be found keeping the Sabbath and the Holy Days – an identifying sign between God and His people (Exodus 31:13, Ezekiel 20:12, 20). They would be striving to keep all the commandments of God because they love Him (John 14:15). They would still be preaching the good news of the coming Kingdom of God (Matthew 28:19-20). They would be bright and shining lights in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16). These things would be handed down through the centuries from the time of Christ to the time of the end.