Purpose One - WORSHIP
'Love the Lord with all your heart'
The single word that can describe this purpose is WORSHIP.
The church exists to worship God. How do we show we love God with all our heart? By worshiping him! When we express our love to God we are worshiping. The Bible says in Matthew 4 vs.10, ?Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.? Worship comes before service. Worshipping God is the church?s first purpose. Sadly sometimes we get so busy working for God, we don?t have time to express our love for him in worship. Then again we shouldn?t worship out of a duty; we worship Him because we want to. We should enjoy expressing our love to God.
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Purpose Two - MINISTRY
'Love your neighbour as yourself'
The word we can use to describe this purpose is MINISTRY.
The church exists to minister to people. It is demonstrating God?s love to others by meeting their needs. Each time you reach out in love to others you are ministering to them. The church can minister to many needs; spiritual, emotional, relational and of course physical. The church is to ??equip the saints for the work of ministry. Ephesians 4 vs 12.
Unfortunately, it's seen in too many that very little ministry takes place and we spend to much time in committees discussing it.
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Purpose Three - EVANGELISM
' Go and make disciples'
This purpose we call evangelism. The church exists to com­municate God's Word. We are ambassadors for Christ, and our mission is to evangelize the world. The word go in the Great Com­mission is a present participle in the Greek text. It should read "as you are going." It is every Christian's responsibility to share the Good News wherever we go. We are to tell the whole world of Christ's coming, his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his promise to return. Someday each of us will give an account to God regarding how seriously we took this responsibility.
The task of evangelism is so important, Christ actually gave us five Great Commissions, one in each of the gospels, and one in the book of Acts. In Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47 - 49, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8 Jesus commissions us to go and tell the world the message of salvation.
Evangelism is more than our responsibility; it is our great privilege We are invited to be a part of bringing people into God's eternal family. I don't know of a more significant cause to give one's life to. If you knew the cure for cancer, I'm sure you'd do everything you could to get the news out. It would save mil­lions of lives. But you already know something better: You've been given the Gospel of eter­nal life to share, which is the, greatest news of all! As long as there is one person in the world who does not know Christ, the church has a mandate to keep growing. Growth is not optional; it is commanded by Jesus. We should not seek church growth for our own benefit, but because God wants people saved
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Purpose Four - FELLOWSHIP
'Baptizing them'
In the Greek text of the Great Commission there are three present participle verbs: going, baptizing, and teaching. Each of these is a part of the command to "make disciples." Going, bap­tizing, and teaching are the essential elements of t disciple making process. At first glance you might wonder why the Great Commission gives the same prominence to the simple act of bap­tism as it does to the great tasks of evangelism and edification. Obviously, Jesus did not mention it by accident. Why is baptism so important to warrant inclusion in Christ's Great Commission? I believe it is because it symbolizes one of the purposes of the church: fellowship-identification with the body of Christ.
As Christians we're called to belong, not just to believe. We are not meant to live lone-ranger lives; instead, we are to belong to Christ's family and be members of his body. Baptism is not only a symbol of salvation, it is a symbol of fellowship. It not only symbolizes our new life in Christ, it visualizes a person's incorporation into the body of Christ. It says to the world, "This person is now one of us!" When new believers are baptized, we welcome them into the fellowship of the family of God. We are not alone. We have each other for support. I love the way Eph­esians 2:19 is phrased in the Living Bible: "You are members of God's very own family ... and you belong in God's household with every other Christian." The church exists to provide fel­lowship for believers.
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'Teaching them to obey'
The word we commonly use to refer to this purpose is dis­cipleship. The church exists to edify, or educate, God's people. Discipleship is the process of helping people become more like Christ in their thoughts, feelings, and actions. This process begins when a person is born again and continues throughout the rest of his life. Colossians 1:28 (NCV) says, "We continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature person in Christ" (italics added).
As the church we are called not only to reach people, but also to teach them. After someone has made a decision for Christ, he or she must be discipled. It is the church's responsi­bility to develop people to spiritual maturity. This is God's will for every believer. Paul writes: ". . . 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" (Eph. 4:12b-13).
If you examine the earthly ministry of Jesus, it is apparent that he included all five of these elements in his work (for a sum­mary see John 17). The apostle Paul not only fulfilled these pur­poses in his ministry, he also explained them in Ephesians 4:1-16. But the clearest example of all five purposes is the first church at Jerusalem described in Acts 2:1-47. They taught each other, they fellowshipped together, they worshipped, they ministered, and they evangelized. Today our purposes are unchanged: The church exists to edify, encourage, exalt, equip, and evangelize. 
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What do we believe about Baptism?

People who have believed in Christ. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, this is you!
"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptised..." --Acts 2:41
"Simon himself believed and was baptised..." --Acts 8:13
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women." --Acts 8:12
As Baptists, we feel it is sensible that children should wait to be baptised until they are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism.
As soon as you have believed – once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
"Those who believe...were baptised...that day!" --Acts 2:41
"Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptised right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptised him." --Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptised. If you wait until you are "perfect," you will never feel good enough!
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." --1 Cor. 15:3-4 "For when you were baptised, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." --Col. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" --2 Cor. 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" --Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer. It shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." --Ephesians 2:8,9
Because Jesus was baptised that way.
"As soon as Jesus was baptised, He went up out of the water." --Matt. 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water..." --Acts 8:38-39
The word Baptise means "To dip under water". The Greek word Baptise means "To immerse or dip under water."
It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. Going under the water symbolizes my belief in the death and burial of Jesus for me; coming up out of the water symbolizes my belief in the resurrection of Jesus for me. Going under the water symbolizes my commitment to die to sin; coming up out of the water symbolizes my commitment to live a new life for Christ
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