What is the purpose of the church? That’s an appropriate question in any age, but especially for us today. Many people have an ingrained opinion about why we have church. Some people think that the church is a place for people to gather with their own kind and shut out others. It may be a place where we can stack up rules so neatly that they build a wall that no one can get over, under, or around.

I think perhaps, as we consider what the purpose of the church is, it might be better to find out how the Scripture directs the church. If we are to be the people described in the Bible we would be the Bride of Christ (presented to Him for eternity as one loved); the Pearl of Great price (a thing of beauty to be cherished and honored), and the Body of Christ (working together under the direction of the head who is Christ Jesus our Lord).

When we follow His direction we work together, we worship together, we welcome together, we worry together, and we witness together. We do this because we are directed by Christ, following His lead and direction, and obeying His command. We find our purpose and the plan for church in Christ’s Great Commission for the church.

 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)