From Pastor Barnes
The Four Functions of the Church
What is the purpose of the Church? What is our role in Society and more importantly what does God want us to
do? We the church are the Body of Christ, his representation here on the earth. We have responsibility to act and do what will bring glory to his name.
This past weekend we completed a five-part series on the four functions of the church. We started with Worship. It is foundational to everything we do as a church. We discussed how worship is so much more than singing. It is something that emanates from us as we seek to live and to act to glorify God.
Then we looked at Edification or discipleship, and how we are to equip and be equipped in order to do good works, the work of the ministry (see Ephesians 4:11-13).
We looked at discipleship and how it is integral to what we do as the Body of Christ — Always
seeking to grow and encourage one another. And as we are discipled, we begin to obey the Great
Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). This is the function of Evangelism as we go out and share the Gospel message with those around us — Those we meet “as we go” in our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods. Evangelism, sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, is the greatest privilege that we have. It is also the perfect model of church growth that Jesus
And finally we looked at Compassion, the final pillar of the church. This is a function of the church
that requires social awareness and action, even in the face of resistance. We cannot idly stand by and allow social injustice and pain in our community and our world (James 2:18). However, we need to be reminded that if we don’t share the Gospel message as we help people, we are merely helping them temporarily.
We must share the life-giving message of Jesus Christ to those we are caring for. “Meeting needs is important, but it must lead to meeting the eternal need.” Looking back over the 103-year history of Grace Point, we see how the Lord has used this church in functioning in these four areas effectively. Let us continue to press on as the Lord is building His Church and focus on the future ministry that the Lord has for us to do here in South Kansas City.
“Being the Church — outside the building of the Church.”
-- Athol Barnes