The Chief End of Missions: The Supremacy of God in the Joy of All Peoples
January 1, 2014 1 Comment
This is the first post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here.
Speaker: John Piper Key text: Various
Four reasons CrossCon is a dream come true for John Piper:
- It’s a time to share the good news and create a redeemed people
- It’s a time to remind ourselves that we are all lost and on our way to hell if we don’t treasure Jesus above all
- It’s a time to be thankful for the recent resurgence of solid theology and the stories of God’s sovereignty, especially among the Millennial generation
- It’s a time to challenge each other to make our lives count for unreached people, whether you are a “goer” or a “sender”
The chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples. God’s chief aim is to be stunning to the world. This only happens when we are stunned by Him. The world will see the supreme value of God when we value Him supremely. If you remove the enjoyment of God from faith, it ceases to be faith. Enjoyment of God is so essential to faith, obedience, life, and joy, that if you remove enjoyment of God, then they cease to exist.
What drives us as Christians: a passion for the glory of God or a passion for lost people? Theologically, it is impossible to separate the two; they are one motive. Zeal for the glory of God includes a zeal for the joy of all people. The uniform teaching of the Bible: God created the world and everything in it to display His glory and to bring Him praise (Colossians 1:16; Romans 1:5). God also works for His people’s joy (Romans 10-11, 15:11; Psalm 67, 68:32-35, 96, 97:10-12, 98:1-4, 100). God’s aim isn’t just the glory of His name, but the gladness of all people groups. He is might to save all peoples.
Joy is the essence of obedience, faith, and life. If you aren’t satisfied in God and He’s a duty to you, then you don’t have faith. Enjoyment or contentment in a person isn’t selfishness; it’s honoring to them. Gladness in God glorifies God. Jesus came into the world to glorify the Father and bring enjoyment to miserable sinners (John 12:27; Luke 19:10).
The ultimate purpose of CrossCon: The glory of God in the unreached people groups of the world.
Learn It. Love It. Live It.