The church is the Body of Christ. We are a living organism. If we are going to be healthy, we must work on being balanced. There are six major functions of the body of Christ: Prayer, Worship, Evangelism, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry.
Six functions of a balanced NT church can be found in the Great Commandments and the Great Commission
Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, and mind (Worship). This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor (Ministry) as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22:36-40).
All authority is given to me on heaven and earth (Prayer) therefore Go and make disciples (Evangelism) of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and Teaching them to do (Discipleship) everything I have commanded (Matt 28:19-20).
The early church practiced these six functions:
SIX FUNCTIONS OF A BALANCED CHURCH
1. “Love God with all your heart.” WORSHIP
2. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” MINISTRY
3. “All authority is given to me.” PRAYER
4. “Go…make disciples.” EVANGELISM
5. “Baptize them in the name of . . . FELLOWSHIP
6. “Teaching them to DO . . .” DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus models these six functions in John 17:6-26
v. 1 “He looked toward heaven and prayed.” (Prayer)
v. 6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.” (Evangelism)
v. 8 “I gave them the words you gave me.” (Discipleship)
v.11 “That they may be one as we are one.” (Fellowship)
v.18 “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (Ministry)
Paul taught how churches can remain balanced: