It is true that God always has a purpose behind everything he does. Many believers may have lots of questions such as; why Jesus built the church, what the church is supposed to accomplish, what their part is in the church’s mission, what their involvement in the mission of the church should produce them and whether the church has a greater purpose. While there are different opinions regarding the various functions and tasks of the church as a whole, below we try to look at some of its highest priorities.
First, the church was created to spread the gospel of Christ to all corners of the world and transforming people into disciples in the process. In the Bible, specifically in the books of Mark and Matthew, we read about a passage commonly referred to as the great commission. The great commission is among the final admonitions of Jesus to his disciples before ascending into heaven. According to the gospel of Mark, the command of Jesus to his followers is to go spread the gospel to the rest of the world. Matthew, on the other hand, reflects on Christ’s emphasis for his disciples to go forth and make disciples out of peoples of all nations. By combining these two elements i.e. evangelism and discipleship, we get what is generally considered the primary mission of Jesus Christ for the church.
The church is supposed to be a manifestation of Jesus Christ’s presence and love via serving as a community of fellowship and worship. In the beginning, God created us for his own pleasure i.e. to enjoy his worship and fellowship. Therefore, besides spreading the gospel and bringing more people closer to God, part of God’s purpose for the church is gathering His People to express their love towards him and facilitating a communal environment of worship. As described by Jesus himself, these two are Christianity’s highest ideals. God is very pleased in receiving communal love and worship from his children, who joined together in love and unity towards each other.
After bringing people closer to the presence of God, the church is tasked with helping believers mature and preparing them to begin performing works of the ministry. A very critical mission of the church that keeps the church going is via ministry, is strengthening the existing body of believers and equipping them to carry out works of ministry. Ideally, the church ought to be a splendid atmosphere for spiritual education, where the word of God is taught, believers get disciplined, grounded and directed towards maturity. Through this, believers not only get their faith anchored in Christ, they get prepared for service. As part, God’s plan, each person within the body of Christ gets called to serve particular aspects of the ministry. This is particularly true on matters of bringing more souls to Christ.
Lastly, the church is representative of the interests of God’s kingdom on earth. Through the church, society should get influenced by the idea of God. Jesus metaphorically used light and salt to show the influential role the church should play in the world.