Reason for the Season

A few months ago we began this blog because we really desired to have an opportunity to engage with you in a conversation about very important topics as they relate to missions and that conversation will continue, we hope you will join us.  

 

However, I think that it is important during this time of year that we remind ourselves of the real reason: for the "Season", for our ministry, for our very existence on this earth.  In his book, "Let the Nations be Glad" John Piper wrote, "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.  Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It's the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God's glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God".  Piper stresses that Missions is not ultimate because man is not ultimate--God is.  Therefore, the purpose of our work, and the very purpose of our existence is that we might worship Him and through our lives all men might come to know His love.  In all of our strategy, with all of our models we cannot lose the central message of God's love and sacrifice.  This keeps of our mission efforts and mission giving from losing their purpose.  Everything we do and everything we are should be to bring glory and honor to a loving Father who announced through his angels, "There is now peace on earth, peace between God and man (Luke 2:14)." This is our message throughout the year, not just this "Season".  This is our message throughout the earth.  God has demonstrated His eternal love for mankind in sending us a Savior and for this reason we proclaim let the whole world worship Him.

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