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Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.
God wills to be displayed and known and loved and cherished and worshiped.
Do you feel more loved when God makes much of you or do you feel more loved when God at the cost of His Son allows you to make much of Him?
Nothing makes God more supreme and more central in worship than when a people are utterly persuaded that nothing - not money or prestige or leisure or family or job or health or sports or toys or friends - nothing is going to bring satisfaction to their sinful, guilty, aching hearts besides God.

    Source: God's Passion for His Glory, p. 41.
So you can see what is happening in the New Testament. Worship is being significantly deinstitutionalized, delocalized, de-externalized. The whole thrust is being taken off of ceremony and seasons and places and forms and is being shifted to what is happening in the heart - not just on Sunday but every day and all the time in all of life.

    Source: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, 2002, p. 232.
Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture - this is the bone and marrow of biblical worship.

    Source: Desiring God, 1996, p. 91
We belittle God when we go through the outward motions of worship and take no pleasure in His person.

    Source: Worship: The Feast Of Christian Hedonism, Sermon. September 25, 1983
Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of his worth. This cannot be done by mere acts of duty. It can be done only when spontaneous affections arise in the heart.

    Source: Desiring God, 1996, p. 83
Worship is an inward feeling and outward action that reflects the worth of God.

    Source: Worship: The Feast Of Christian Hedonism, Sermon. September 25, 1983
Worship is basically adoration, and we adore only what delights us. There is no such thing as sad adoration or unhappy praise.

    Source: Desiring God, 1996, p. 19

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