Worship: The Fuel and Goal of Missions
Speaking of missions and worship, what is an ethnodoxologist? Please join us for the Institute for Christian Worship Lectures, October 18-19, 2006, with Frank Fortunato.
WORSHIP: THE FUEL AND GOAL OF MISSIONS
The ultimate goal of God in all of history is to uphold and display his glory for the enjoyment of the redeemed from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. His goal is the gladness of his people, because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Delight is a higher tribute than duty. The chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy his glory forever. Since his glory is magnified most in the God-centered passions of his joyful people, God's self-exaltation and our jubilation are one. The greatest news in all the world is that God's ultimate aim to be glorified and man's aim to be satisfied are not at odds.
WORSHIP—The goal of missions, therefore, 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 nations BE GLAD AND SING FOR JOY!" (Ps. 67:4). The missionary command to be happy in God is simply a command for the consummation of praise. Professed praise of God without pleasure in God is hypocrisy.
Therefore, worship is the fuel and the goal of missions. Worship is the goal of missions because in missions we aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God's glory. It is the fuel of missions because we can't commend what we don't cherish. We can't call out, "Let the nations BE GLAD!" until we say, "I REJOICE in the Lord." Missions begins and ends in worship.
— John Piper, LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD! : THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN MISSIONS, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2003, p. 231. ISBN: 0-8010-2613-X
INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN WORSHIP LECTURES DURING MISSIONS EMPHASIS WEEK AT SOUTHERN SEMINARY, OCTOBER 18-19, 2006, IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY.
Ethnodoxologist Frank Fortunato is the International Music Director for Operation Mobilization, and coordinates Heart Sounds International, a ministry promoting indigenous worship through seminars, songwriting events, and recording of non-western worship mostly in the restricted parts of the world. His publications include ALL THE WORLD IS SINGING—GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH THE WORSHIP MUSIC OF THE NATIONS. All lectures will include multi-media presentations of the sights and sounds of global worship. Please spread the word about these exciting opportunities.
Let the nations be glad!
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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