The Functions of the Church – W.I.F.E. (Worship. Instruction. Fellowship. Evangelism)
The early church was a worshipping church, constantly engaged in “praising God” (Acts 2:47). When we worship God, we seek to serve Him with our praises thus inviting Him into our midst in a unique way (Ps. 22:3). Worship also helps us by meeting our needs with God’s sufficiency.
The early church was involved in instructing people in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42). Today, churches must instruct the believers with the Word of God and the whole counsel of God (Acts 20: 27). Proper teaching of the sound doctrine of God’s Word alone can keep the believers from every wind of false teaching that is prevalent today (Eph. 4:14). Believers must be skilled in the word of righteousness (Heb. 5: 13).
Fellowship was the third significant activity of the early church (Acts 2:42, 44). God has recognized from the very beginning that people need people (Gen. 2:18). One of the unique functions of the church is to provide opportunity for Christians to interact with one another informally as a means of motivating one another in their Christian life (Heb. 10:25).
Evangelism was the fourth function of the early church. This church began with an evangelistic thrust in which three thousand people were saved (Acts 2:41). Evangelism continued to be an integral part of church life resulting in others being converted to Christianity daily (Acts 2:47). Before long, their aggressive witness for Christ “filled Jerusalem” (Acts 5:28) and turned their world upside down (Acts 17:6). They believed in using every available means to reach every available person at every available time with the Gospel.
May our Churches fulfil these functions sincerely and faithfully.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Daniel