Jesus clearly summed up all the commandments of the law and all the preaching of the prophets with a small but powerful word -- LOVE. He identified love for God and love for people as the Greatest Commandments, hence making love a priority. For more, read: Our Greatest Purpose in Life Made Clear by Jesus
This has been God's intent for His people from the beginning. Certainly, then, it only makes sense that the priority to love God and others becomes a primary purpose for the Church.
A Church Purpose Based on an Unchanging Priority
Jesus' first commandment in Matthew 22:37 reiterated what was already commanded to His people back in Deuteronomy 6:5 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind/strength." All that you are and all that you have is to be poured into loving God.
Love for God will spill over into love for people. If we do not love people, we should question our love for God. (1 John 4:20-21)
The first four of the Ten Commandments describe ways people could show their love to God by keeping Him first, by honoring Him, and by remembering Him. (For more, read: 10 Commandments Teach How to Love God) The remaining six commandments communicate love for people by doing them no harm but rather good. (For more, read: 10 Commandments Teach How to Love People)
God's purposes have not changed in the church age.
This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. (1 Jn. 3:11).
And he has given us this command: "Whoever loves God must also love his brother." (1 Jn. 4:21)
Jesus said that by such love "all men will know you are my disciples." (Jn. 13:34-35)
The Church Purpose Ministry Manual includes the above teaching and further study of our purpose to love by looking at additional Scripture verses. It also includes content listed in the outline below. Click on the following links to go to that online training.