Ultimately It Is Not Missions, It Is Worship

Worship is why we do what we do, not to follow the letter of the law. I want to firmly state we do not do missions simply because it it the Christian thing to do. We do missions because missions is not just about missions, but worship. 

That missions is about worship is clear in Revelation 4-7. John sees the throne room of God and multitude of worshippers around it: the redeemed, elders, and multitudes of angels join in a loud song of praise: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

This is why we do missions: God has given us the task of going out into the world to gather people to come and worship Him. In this week's message, we will hear from the teams going out this Summer to help gather worshipers for the throne room of God. It is a time of sharing each mission followed by the church praying for our teams.

 

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If you were to ask me, “What is missions all about, I’d say worship.” I hope you’ll be able to see that.
 
Isa 6:1-9 -  6:1 ¶ In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: ‘‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’’ 4* And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
 5 ¶ And I said: ‘‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’’ 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: ‘‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’’ 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’’Then I said, ‘‘Here am I! Send me.’’
 9 ¶ And he said, ‘‘Go, and say to this people: ‘‘‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
 
Rev. 7:9-12 -  9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, ‘‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’’
 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, ‘‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’’
 
As people like Isaiah and John are transported into the throne room of God, they are changed by this encounter. They worship God in Spirit and truth, recognizing Him for who He truly is. “Holy, holy, holy…”
As Isaiah's senses were engaged, he was undone. He truly began to experience worship. As he worshiped God — showing His worth, valuing, pledging allegiance— 
As we look at human nature and at the world, we’ll see that all of us were designed and created to worship. That’s why there are shows like American Idol and huge televised sports events: we need to worship. I need to pledge my allegiance to something. 
As we are devoted to our team, when our team wins, we can’t contain ourselves. And when our team loses, we feel despair and depression. One guy I knew couldn’t go to work the next day after his team lost the Super Bowl—he was too depressed.
We are designed to, and have innate desire to, worship. And when Isaiah had this encounter with God, something within him responded, “This is why I was created. This is a privilege I’ll have for eternity.
“I can’t bear to be in your presence. I’m undone. Sinful. Unclean. The people I live among are as well. Undone. Lost.” Then an angel took a coal from the altar of God. 
As Isaiah experienced the glory of God in worship, and salvation, the Lord asked that penetrating question: “Who’ll go for us?” Isaiah, recognizing this is why he was created, said, “Here am I, send me.”
God allows Isaiah and us to take a peak at how it all works out. We get to see the end product of men and women—people from every nation and ethnic group on earth.
People outside of Israel. EVERY people. Every language. There are >4000 languages spoken today. And deaf people communicate differently from hearing people.
Every people, even the remotest tribe. Every single person on the face of the earth has the opportunity to encounter and worship God. And to devote themselves to God. And as they do, they can say, “Here am I, send me.”
When churches catch this, there’s something ignited: missions. We realize we’ve got to bring others in to the worship. And when people ask, “Why open your wallets? or put your life at risk?” And our answer, ‘Because I’ve encountered God. So it is my pledge of allegiance."
I pray that we never downgrade missions to be about church doing a good thing. If that happens, we’re missing it.
Nothing excites my heart more than to see others with hearts ignited for missions.
This is what we’re about. Today is Mission Sunday. This summer, this local body is sending out missions to 5 countries:
USA, China, Honduras, Guatemala.
 
When my wife and I were on the mission field, first time, we had to raise our own support. And we saw widows on fixed income reach out to us: “God called me to support you.”
 
As the worship teams present, I pray that we’d grasp, “This is what worship is all about.” Are you excited, church?
 
Philippines Mission (Byron Bradshaw)
June 1-June 14. Flying in to Cebu City. Open air crusades, gospel preaching, skits, discipleship training, service. Second half of the week, we’re going to the southern part of the island, training locals in discipleship and evangelism. Feeding hundreds of kids.
Pray for safety in travel, effectiveness, openness to receive the message.
 
Michigan Mission (Jim Bradt)
This is a continuance with a mission we’ve been involved with for several years. We join with Pastor David Hiser in Bellaire MI. We assist with VBS, skits, puppet show. The gospel is presented to a people group that needs it.
Pastor Hiser has opportunities in the Native American community, where we do VBS as well.
So we’re ministering to two different people groups and had 8 kids pray to receive Christ.
Sunday evening, I’ll have language classes teaching how to speak Yankee.
 
Hearts2Honduras (Isabella Raper)
We’ll be in Mount Alevos. This is my third year going. Then to Ciara to see Pastor Carlos and the inner city learning center. Then to Acopame orphanage, doing VBS, crafts. Giving out school supplies and soccer balls. Every year I grow closer with the team and the people.
This year we go to Utilla and work with Pastor Juan and his church. 
It’s going to be a crazy trip and fun.
 
Guatemala (Marc Verhage)
Taking my family. Josh McDill is the El Jeffe. We’re going to Casa Aleluya, an orphanage in San Bartalome, 45 mi W of the capital. There are 400 kids there. Sexually abused. Abandoned. Orphaned. 
They teach the kids English. 11 dorms. 3-story hospital. My older daughter is going as medical missionary.
Soccer ball is an international communication device. We go door-to-door with soccer ball and Bible.
“Gringo Mama” (Miss Beverly).
Going: My family, Jay and Zach Bogardus (who’ll be a jungle gym for the kids)
 
Visiting Orphans (Michael Vaden)
Going to Chefeng, China.
There are millions of orphans in the world. There are things all of us can do. From adopt, to providing support to organizations or families that adopt.
There are 4 from Southside going: Sharon E, Anna E, Naomi V, myself. And 9 others, mostly from Life’s Journey.
This is expensive, but God has blessed. I’ve been changed. Others are changed. No telling what God can do.
About 80 kids. We’re going to play, talk, support the staff. It’s illegal to proselytize, so we’re going to love on them.
We’ll assist nannies and staff and build on relationship with orphanage. They appreciate us coming. We help and advocate for the kids first-hand.
 
Michael W: We want to have a time of prayer. Those going on the trip, please stand.
Those not going on the trip, note those standing and pledge to pray and support those standing. For safety and support.
We’re seeking to establish the kingdom of God in some dark places.
We are not in competition. We are in partnership. We are one body.
I’m pleased that a body this size is so devoted to missions.