There may be varying opinions about the multiple tasks and functions of the Church, but the following represents what would be its highest priorities:
(1) To proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and make disciples of all kinds of people. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20). “And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
The passages above, often referred to as the Great Commission, were among Jesus’ final admonitions to His disciples before He ascended to Heaven. Mark’s gospel refers to Christ’s command for his followers to “go preach the gospel to the world,” while Matthew’s reflects His emphasis for the church “to go and make disciples of all nations.” The combination of these two elements, evangelism and discipleship, are generally considered as Christ’s primary mission for His church. “Evangelism” is the ministry of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ that will bring men’s souls into fellowship with God, while “discipleship” is the training of believers to become disciplined followers of Jesus and His principles.
The mission of the church is, in reality, a continuation of Christ’s earthly ministry (John 14:12). Jesus viewed that redeeming men’s souls was His whole purpose for coming to the earth. “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost” (Matt. 18:11). And in turn, Jesus gave this same objective to His disciples. He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19
(2) To serve as a community of worship and fellowship — to manifest the presence and love of Jesus. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).
God originally made man for His own pleasure, to enjoy his fellowship and worship (Rev. 4:11, John 4:23). Thus, a part of the Lord’s purpose of the church, besides bringing people to God, is to gather His people together and facilitate a corporate environment of worship, to express our love toward Him and one another. Jesus described these as the two highest ideals of Christianity. “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with your entire mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
How would you react if God called you today to be a missionary in some part of the world?
Prayer : Eternal God we know that without prayer, the Gospel cannot be preached effectively, please give us a heart for the lost so that we can find enough time for church mission. Amen