The Purpose of our Church
The Great Commandment (Matt.22:37-40)
The Great Commission (Matt.28:19-20)
Purpose #1 “Love the Lord with all your heart”
The word that describes this purpose is Worship God. We love God with all our heart by worshipping Him. The Bible says “Worship the Lord our God, and serve Him only.” (Matt.4:10)
Purpose #2 “Love your Neighbor as yourself”
The word we use to describe this purpose is Ministry. The Church exists to minister to the people. Ministry is demonstrating God’s love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus. Each time you reach out in love to others you are ministering them. The Church has to minister to all kinds of needs: Spiritual, emotional (mental) and physical. It must equip the saints for the work of ministry. (Eph.4:12).
Purpose #3 “Go and make disciples”
This purpose we call Evangelism. The Church exists to communicate God’s Word. We are Ambassadors of Christ, and our mission is to evangelize the world (Mk.16:15; Lk.24:47-49; Jn.20:21). Evangelism is more than our responsibility, it is our great privilege. We are invited to accomplish the task of bringing people in to God’s eternal family.
Purpose #4 “Baptizing them”
Why is baptism so important in Christ’s Great Commission? Because it symbolizes one of the purposes of the Church:
Fellowship – identification with the body of Christ. Baptism not only symbolizes our new life in Christ, it also visualizes a person’s incorporation into the body of Christ. Living Bible says “You are members of God’s own family…” (Eph.2:19). The Church exists to provide fellowship for believers.
Purpose #5 “Teaching them to obey”
The word we commonly use to refer to this purpose is Discipleship. The Church exists to edify God’s people. Discipleship is the process of helping people to become more like Christ in their thoughts, feeling and actions (Col.1:28) It is the Church’s responsibility to develop people to spiritual maturity (Eph. 4: 12b-13).