no comments

Worship: the Goal of Missions

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church, worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed  fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It is the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the people in the greatness of God. ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!’ (Psalm 97:1)”

The above is the opening paragraphs in the first chapter of the book Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. We will be using this text as one of our primary resources for the adult Sunday school seminar as we teach on the theology of missions.

Join us as we explore areas such as:

  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Purpose, the Power, and the Price.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Necessity and Nature of the Task.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Practical Outworking of Compassion and Worship.

Helpful Resources:

Piper, John. Let the Nations Be GladGrand Rapids: Baker, 2010. | Amazon

Köstenberger, Andreas. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001. | Amazon

READ MORE
no comments

Ephesians 4:11-16

[11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, [16] from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

READ MORE
no comments

Hope for Exiles: A Series in Ezra and Nehemiah

“There was a time when American evangelicals prized and cultivated biblically chaste Christian thought and an incisive analysis of the culture from a perspective apart from it. But the past few decades have seen an erosion of the old distinctions, a gradual descent into the ‘self’ movement, a psychologizing of the faith, and an adaptation of Christian belief to a therapeutic culture. Distracted by the blandishments of modern culture, we have lost our focus on transcendent biblical truth. We have been beguiled by the efficiency of our culture’s technique, the sheer effectiveness of its strategies, and we have begun to play by these rules. We now blithely speak of marketing the gospel like any other commodity, oblivious to the fact that such rhetoric betrays a vast intrusion of worldliness into the church.” 

The words above were written by David Wells. In his book, God in the Wasteland, Wells argues that Christians are no longer living as stranger and pilgrims but have taken up full residence in the world today. We have forgotten that we are “just passing through” and we have settled in. This is the plight of the Church in America today.

Ezra and Nehemiah were books written to a people who faced similar challenges to the ones the church faces. They were exiles living in a foreign land. They watched as many of the people who professed to love and worship God were absorbed by their culture and corrupted by compromise. They longed to be in the Promised Land where they could experience the superior delight of the presence of God.

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah remind us exiles of the power of God to sovereignly guide and guard his people. These little books reveal to us the ability of God’s Word to expose sin in the people of God. They also show us the way forward: a way repentance and renewal.

Pray that God will use his Word in all of our hearts as we take the next several months to learn and study what God has for us from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Ask that God’s Spirit would convict, comfort, expose, and encourage us as we are taught from Scripture.

READ MORE
no comments

Worship: the Goal of Missions

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church, worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed  fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It is the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the people in the greatness of God. ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!’ (Psalm 97:1)”

The above is the opening paragraphs in the first chapter of the book Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. We will be using this text as one of our primary resources for the adult Sunday school seminar as we teach on the theology of missions.

Join us as we explore areas such as:

  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Purpose, the Power, and the Price.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Necessity and Nature of the Task.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Practical Outworking of Compassion and Worship.

Helpful Resources:

Piper, John. Let the Nations Be GladGrand Rapids: Baker, 2010. | Amazon

Köstenberger, Andreas. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001. | Amazon

READ MORE
no comments

1 John 4:1-6

[1] Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. [2] By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, [3] and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. [4] Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. [5] They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. [6] We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

READ MORE
no comments
READ MORE
no comments

Worship: the Goal of Missions

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church, worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed  fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It is the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the people in the greatness of God. ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!’ (Psalm 97:1)”

The above is the opening paragraphs in the first chapter of the book Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. We will be using this text as one of our primary resources for the adult Sunday school seminar as we teach on the theology of missions.

Join us as we explore areas such as:

  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Purpose, the Power, and the Price.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Necessity and Nature of the Task.
  • Making God Supreme in Missions: the Practical Outworking of Compassion and Worship.

Helpful Resources:

Piper, John. Let the Nations Be GladGrand Rapids: Baker, 2010. | Amazon

Köstenberger, Andreas. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001. | Amazon

READ MORE
no comments

John 3:19-24

[19] By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; [20] for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. [21] Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; [22] and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. [23] And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. [24] Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

READ MORE
no comments

New Testament Introduction I

Join us as we look at the theme and content of the New Testament Gospels and Acts.

READ MORE
no comments

Without the Gospel:

“Without the gospel everything is useless and vain; all riches is poverty, all wisdom, folly before God; strength is weakness, and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God.”

READ MORE
no comments

Philippians 2:5-11

[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

READ MORE