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Pastor Lynn Spoon
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July 6, 2022 at 6:30 PM
The Biblical Foundation for the Five Functions of the Church?

The Biblical Foundation for the Five Functions of the Church?

The How: The Great Commandment and the Great Commission give us the five functions/purposes for the church.

The Great Commandment:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your Neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

The Great Commission:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Five Functions/Purposes for the Church:

1. “Love God with all your heart” Worship

2. “Love your neighbor as yourself” Ministry

3. “Go…make disciples” Evangelism

4. “Baptize them”


5. “Teach them to Do”


Jesus’ ministry modeled these 5 functions and purposes: John 17:1-26 (NIV)

Verse 4, “I have brought you glory on earth” - Worship

Verse 6, “I revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world”- Evangelism

Verse 8, “I gave them the words you gave me” - Discipleship

Verse 12, “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe” – Fellowship

Verse 18, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” – Ministry

The first church fulfilled these 5 Functions: Acts 2:41-47

“Those who accepted his message were baptized…They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (Discipleship) and to the fellowship (Fellowship), to the breaking of bread and to prayer…All the believers were together…they gave to anyone as he had need (Ministry)… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God (Worship)…And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Evangelism)

Paul explained these 5 Functions: Ephesians 4:11-16

“God gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ…From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

1. Celebrate God’s presence (Worship) – “Exalt our Lord”

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3

“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the Lord’s house.” Psalm 122:1

2. Communicate God’s Word (Evangelism) – “Evangelize our mission field”

“The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work the Lord Jesus gave me to do – to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

“You will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8b

3. Incorporate God’s family (Fellowship) – “Encourage our members”

“You are members of God’s very own family…and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Ephesians 2:19

4. Instruct God’s people (Discipleship) – “Educate for maturity”

“Building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; until…all become full-grown in the Lord.” Ephesians 4:12b-13

5. Demonstrate God’s Love (Ministry) – “Equip for ministry”

“To equip (God’s people) for the work of ministry.” Ephesians 4:12a

The Five Ways to Communicate the Vision, Plan And Purposes:

Slogans, Symbols, Scriptures, Stories, Specifics

A Function and Purpose Driven Slogan: A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will Grow a Great Church!

A Function and Purpose Driven Statement: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop them to Christ-like maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and their life mission in the world, in order to magnify God’s name.

Bring them in, build them up, teach them how, send them out!

The Key to applying the functions and purposes is balance.

Only a Purpose and Function Driven strategy and structure can maintain proper balance.



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(Committed to the Mission Covenant, and participating in Evangelism)

The Priorities of a Functional Purpose Driven Church

Priority 1: Is to God’s Plans and Purposes – God’s plans take priority over everything else.

Priority 2: Are to People – People are here to fulfill the eternal purposes of God.

Priority 3: Programs – Programs are good, but no program is meant to last forever.

Programs are simply tools to help people fulfill the plans and purposes of God.

Priority 4: Property – Don’t ever use a building as an excuse for a lack of growth. Go to double services, triple services, quadruple services, even five services if you need to . If you build too soon, you can limit your growth. Never let the shoe tell the foot how big it can grow. We have to build up our people before we build our Buildings. Property is simply a place to conduct programs to help people fulfill God’s plans and purposes.

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