Rick Warren’s 5 purposes of church

December 6th, 2013

I was thinking about Rick Warren’s 1995 book the Purpose Driven Church this morning. I have been thinking about the five purposes of church he mentions.

Here is a snippet I found online…

These purposes, according to Warren’s teaching, are found in two verses in the New Testament book of Matthew. These two passages, located in Matthew chapters 22 and 28, are often referred to by Christians worldwide as “the Great Commandment” and “the Great Commission.” From these verses, Warren identified five purposes: worship, ministry, mission, fellowship, and discipleship.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37–40 (NIV)

Worship
Love the Lord your God with all your heart

Ministry
Love your neighbor as yourself

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

Mission
Go and make disciples

Fellowship
baptizing them

Discipleship
teaching them to obey

I have always thought that the mission and vision of a church should be the thing that filters all you do as a church. If someone says we should be doing something, then it should be tested against the mission and vision of the church.

As far as a church mission and vision I don’t think you can go past Matthew 22:37-40 and Matthew 28:19-20.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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