5.22.2008

Great Quote

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't."
-John Piper

4 comments:

Matt W. said...

I'm sorry, I tried to leave this alone, I really did, but I couldn't.

Worship is not a goal, it is to be part of who we are as Christians. As a worship leader, it would be a goal for you to help people who have trouble in this area to learn how to worship, I can certainly see that.

Missions though, exist because Jesus commanded it. Even if every Christian in the world Worshipped to the fullest, just as God designed, we would still need missions.

Gary Durbin said...

dictionary.com defines "goal" as "the result or achievement toward which effort is directed". When I have lived and given in a way that is pleasing to God, I have a achieved something through God's power, and my action is a result of trusting in the Holy Spirit. Worship can only be done by those who are believers in Christ. So, if everyone worshiped God, then there would be no need for missions, because the whole world would believe. This quote doesn't diminish the role of missions. It stresses the importance of keeping the main thing the main thing, which is worship. Missions should be an overflow of the heart of a true worshiper. We are commanded to love people, but we are commanded to love God first, and I know that's what John Piper's point is. "One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (NIV, Mark 12:28-31)

Hopefully that explained it better.

Matt W. said...

I probably came off as if I rejected the entire quote, which I don't. I assume that this quote is either taken from a larger context, or a summary of, or introduction to, and larger explanation, any of which would have drastically changed the whole thing. My point (and I didn't make it well) is that as a stand alone statement, this quote doesn't make much sense.

If his point was that if we Worship to the fullest, as God intended, then missions flow from that, and it will be natural, and not feel like a mission, then yeah, totally true. But that's not what is actually said. That's all I'm saying.

Gary Durbin said...

gotcha. We'll dialogue it more in live human form.