The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/02/2004):

Missions and Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE comes from the first chapter of John Piper’s book LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD. The author addresses the important question of the relationship between worship and missions.

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship 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: THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN MISSIONS, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1993. ISBN: 0801071240

[The Institute for Christian Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will feature a series of lectures on “worship and missions” this very week, March 3 and 4, 2004. Our speaker, Rev. Ron Man, served for five years as Associate Pastor of the International Chapel of Vienna, Austria, and twelve years as Pastor of Worship and Music at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee. For the past four years he has served with Greater Europe Mission, teaching on the biblical foundations of worship in Bible schools, seminaries and churches in Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Spain and Holland. Lecture titles include “The Gospel: A Call to Worship,” “Missions, Worship and the Glory of God,” and “Worship in Perspective: Trans-Cultural, Cross-Cultural, and Counter-Cultural.” For more information please e-mail me or call 502-897-4115.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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