"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." (John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad).
Perhaps the Church needs to take a serious look at our ultimate purpose and goal. We address this point in our training material, God’s Plan for His Church, Chapter 2 and particularly page 29. The ultimate goal of His Church is not evangelizing, establishing, equipping or expanding, but it is to make known His wisdom to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places and for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of His glory (Ephesians 3:10, 21). Evangelizing, establishing, equipping or expanding are only God’s “means or way” to display His wisdom and glory!
In another way, what we are saying is that “to display His wisdom and glory” is to worship God through the Church. Would it make a difference if every church asked themselves; ‘is everything we are doing bringing glory to God?’ I am confident that much of what we do would quickly change if we honestly answered that question, because it exalts man, not God.
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