As Robert Murray M'Cheyne said in The Believer's Joy: "We cannot speak of the hidden manna unless we have the taste of it in our mouth. We cannot speak of the living water unless it be springing up within us."
Chase Bowers and Scott Zellers explores more of kingdom-building, gospel-drenched missions and church planting in The Goal of Missions May Not Be What You Think, posted May 25, 2016, at The Gospel Coalition. (L.M.)
Chase Bowers & Scott Zeller
What happened on January 2, 1998, altered the course of my (Chase’s) life.
Along with thousands of other college students, I attended the second Passion conference, which was then a new series of gatherings seeking to raise a banner for God’s glory. I heard John Piper preach for the first time, and what he communicated about God’s heart for the nations—specifically the idea that he was gathering for his fame a people from among all peoples—was paradigm-shifting for me.
Afterward I began digging into Piper’s now-classic book on missions, Let the Nations Be Glad (Baker). It opens with groundshaking words:
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.
This paragraph profoundly changed what I viewed as the goal of missions. Previously I’d assumed the goal of missions is the practice of missions: evangelism, church planting, and so on. But Piper pointed me to something bigger: the goal of missions is nothing less than the worship of God.
Click here to read more of The Goal of Missions at The Gospel Coalition.