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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

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