We believe that it’s not our job to discover the purpose of the church, but our job is to find out God’s purpose for the church.
Of all the proclamations of Jesus, two stand out in significance.
The first is the GREAT COMMANDMENT: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
The second is the GREAT COMMISSION: “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV).
When we analyze the imperatives of these two “great proclamations” we find the purpose or functions of the church:
• Worship. “Love the Lord thy god.”
• Ministry. “Love thy neighbor.”
• Evangelism. “Make disciples….”
• Fellowship: “Baptize them…”
• Discipleship: “Teaching them….”