CH A P T E R 1 Foundational Concepts Purpose of Church I n the Introduction, the question was raised, “What over- arching task has been given to the Church for her to accom- plish and for which she is uniquely qualified?” After answering, “Who is God?” and “Who is Jesus Christ?” there is not a more important question with which the Church should wrestle. I feel that nearly every other issue she faces flows out of an understanding of her mandate from God. Without this sense of foundation of task, the Church misses out on her God- given mandate, thus missing the mark on her calling. In answer- ing this question of task, we are faced with a number of options, among them being: ● Evangelize: Mark 16:12 ● Be salt and light: Matthew 5:13–16 ● Love one another: John 13:34–35; 15:12–13; 1 John 3:11; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8; and many others All told, there are more than a thousand commands in the New Testament, including activities from which we should ab- stain (sexual immorality: 1 Thessalonians 4:3–6; idolatry: 1 Corinthians 10:6–7, 1 Peter 2:11–12) to activities we should be pursuing (giving thanks: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; praying: 1 Thessalonians 5:17).