Friday, June 15, 2007

Ultimate Goal of the Church

I got an email yesterday that had the following quote at the bottom.

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worsip doesn't" - John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad!
I agree that the ultimate goal of the church is worship. I don't know the context, but I don't know what the last part is trying to say. I can think of a lot of biblical reasons why missions exist. Am I missing something?


  1. Derek Iannelli-Smith said...
    essentially, missions (evangelism) exists(the program, the event, the need to focus on it, etc) because worship (living all of live to the glory of God)doesn't (N.American Christians live compartmentalized lives...the wear their hats... father, husband, worker, sunday school director, etc) where no compartmentaliziation exists.

    So... if I was living all of live to the glory of God (Westminister Confession of Faith, Q.1)truly, I would not need a "mission" because my life would naturally, regularly, and consistently reflect HIS mission. Hope that helped...
    John said...
    I guess that would make sense. If we are living fully in Christ, we don't think of what we do as "missions" -- it would just be what we do anyway.

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