Throughout the bible there is a dual focus in the work and spiritual life of God’s people. First, the central focus of worship. – to live to worship and to glorify God our creator and saviour. We also engage in its companion focus, mission, to encourage other people to celebrate in the wonderful work of God as creator and saviour of the world. Paul expressed this in Ephesians 1:3 – 14, in which three times he repeats the words “to the praise of his glory”. We could say that worship without mission lacks its vital companion and that mission without worship lacks its main sense of direction and purpose.
Readings: (Isaiah 43:1 – 7, Ephesians 1:3 – 14)
Questions to think about:
- What changes (of understanding and of practice) might reflecting on this message make in your personal prayer life?
- How has your understanding of “missional prayer” expanded beyond regarding it as “praying for missionaries” (vital though that is)?
- Are churches making a false distinction when they think of “doing worship” and “doing mission”? Without transforming all our public worship into “seeker-sensitive” mode, how should we strengthen the missional dimension of our church’s public worship?