Sunday, May 9, 2010

Missions through Worship

Currently reading "Let the Nations be Glad!" by John Piper

Highlights from Chapter 1
  • Missions begins and ends with worship
  • Reality is God equals overwhelming greatness
  • It's possible to be distracted from God when trying to serve God
  • Love for God's glory and mercy for the nations must be kept together
  • We need to renounce self-reliance and wait for Him
  • Delight in God so as to reflect His glory
  • When a missionary leaves family, friends, and possessions behind it should be for the sake of the name of Jesus; for the sake of His reputation
  • Missions exists because God's name is not being hallowed
  • We should long for Jesus to receive the honor due His name
  • The glory of God needs to saturate every aspect of our lives
God -
May I have a heart for Your name to be glorified
May I show Your grace and mercy to the nations
May I serve in order to point others to Your greatness
May I hallow Your name
May I not be wrapped up in trivial matters, but instead pour myself into worshipping You

Acts 17:25-28
"And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself GIVES all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would SEEK him and perhaps REACH OUT for him and FIND him, though he is not far from each eon of us. 'For in him we LIVE and MOVE and HAVE our being'. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring'."

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