Ultimate Goal

“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’s 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 peoples in the greatness of God. “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).

But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High” (Ps 104:34, 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.”

–John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions.

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This or That

Intro: This or That postings will be a small, random collection of links of things I come across online that I feel may be of interest to you.

The Abortion Issue for Christian Voters
The issue of abortion has been disturbing me this past week as Election Day draws near.  I do not consider myself a single issue voter but this white elephant in the room, named Abortion, glares at me forcefully.  Christians are obviously against abortion but does that mean we automatically have to vote Republican?  This interview with Donald Miller, the Christian author of Blue Like Jazz, tries to give us a more balanced view of this issue as he gives reason to vote for Obama.  I advise you to read the reader comments.  I find this to be one of the more civil, respectful, understanding, and fair discussions on the issue of abortion and all the different factors involved.  Read the comments too. I find them more significant than the interview itself.  What a tough issue …

Local Church =/= Campus Ministry
As I have been serving in a campus ministry for some years now, I witness different people that come and go.  Some involve themselves with the campus ministry but have minimal and sometimes no involvement in a local church.  Especially in this day and age, the importance, power and purpose of the local church is often blurred, forgotten, or ignored.  This is an interesting commentary on that danger.

The Scandal by Tim Challies
This is an old blog posting by the Christian author, Tim Challies, giving a heart felt response to the scandal involving Ted Haggard, a former, highly renown leader among evangelicals, two years ago.  Each of us desperately needs Christ.  Tim Challies gives a humble and moving, but more importantly, gospel centered response to a tragic fall of a spiritual leader.

Job: When the Righteous Suffer, Part 1 by John Piper
John Piper is speaking at a conference on Job and suffering.  This is his first message.  I highly recommend you check it out.  Draws out amazing insight from the Word of God on the issue of suffering.  You can either read the notes, listen to audio, or watch the video of the sermon.