Saint Charles River Church

Five Purposes of the Church

You know, there are a whole lot of things that churches do, and they do a lot of them on purpose.  We have adopted five overarching purposes for SCRC as laid out in the Bible, and as detailed in Rick Warren’s book called “The Purpose Driven Church”.  These Five purposes can be found in the NIV Translation of the Bible in the book of Matthew in two places.  First is the book of Matthew, chapter 22, verses 37-40:


“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 Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


The second is from the book of Matthew, chapter 28, verses 19-20:


“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 obey everything I have commanded you.”


These two passages summarize everything that we do at SCRC!  We use the following terms to describe these two passages, which depending on your background, may be as familiar as your address, or something new.  Regardless of your familiarity with the terms, here is what we mean when we reference the Five Purposes of the Church:


To “Love God with all your heart” is called “Worship”.


To “Love your neighbor as yourself” is called “Ministry”.


To “Go…make disciples” is called “Evangelism”.


To “Baptize…” is to “Incorporate into Fellowship”.


To “Teach them…all things” is called “Discipleship”.