In the Great Commandment, Great Commission, Upper Room Discourse, and His final words before His ascension Jesus spoke clearly about the purpose and mission of the church, the people who would together bear His name. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love for neighbors as ourselves. We are to make new disciples and deepen existing disciples as we go, baptize new converts, and teach believers to observe all that Jesus has commanded. We are to be his witnesses locally (Jerusalem), in our region (Judea and Samaria), and to the very end of the earth. All of this we are to do with the help and in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 28:18-20, John 14:6, Acts 1:7-8)
Paul spoke clearly about the purpose and mission of the church as well. The leaders of the church are to equip the saints for the work of ministry, so that the body of Christ might be built up, resulting in unity of faith and ever-increasing knowledge of the Son of God. Our goal is consistent growth in faith and knowledge of Christ; growth that can be characterized as “to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Jesus himself is present with us through the Holy Spirit, and He has commissioned us to proclaim the good news about Himself to all, and to ourselves, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. We can do so with confidence and in the secure hope that He is powerfully at work in and through us. (Ephesians 4:11-16, Colossians 1:24-29)
This series lays out my understanding of the church’s purpose and mission. It is drawn from my philosophy of ministry, available here.