I love this picture. It's not a picture from our church, but it is a picture of THE church. LWC is currently in a sermon series on missions as we highlight the missionaries we support in various works on foreign fields. It's so awesome to hear the many inspiring stories from each of them.
We started off our song set this morning with a song that is all about the heart of missions. The first verse of "O For A Thousand Tongues", rings with a ready heart to "spread through all the earth abroad the honors of [God's] name..."
This heart is overflowing from a desire to praise and worship God. The very first line says it all: "O for a thousand to tongues to sing my great redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and king, the triumphs of His grace..."
John Piper defines missions so well in the quote below:
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...
Here was our song set: