Personally, I hadn’t given much thought about the relationship between worship and missions until last Thursday when my thinking was challenged. I seemed to have always assumed that missions superceded worship.  I was wrong. John Piper’s book, “Don’t Waste Your Life,” contains a revolutionary statement as far as the two subjects are concerned. He notes:

Missions exists because worship doesn’t. 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 the goal of missions.” p. 162.