July 19: Missions: The Overflow of Worship (Psalm 96)
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue teaching a new series on church history in the youth room at 9:00am, focusing on the roots of the Reformation and how theology develops over time. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness. (ESV)
This week we will be considering the great commission through the lens of Psalm 96. In this Psalm we learn that worship is at the center of the call to go to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all peoples. Worship is the motivation for missions (v.1-6), it is the goal of missions (v.7-10), and it is ultimately the triumph of missions (v.11-13). Missions will be the overflow of our amazement of God’s salvation. He is worthy of the worship of all. As we consider this passage, we need to consider and evaluate our obedience and commitment to the commandment of Christ (Mt. 28:18-20).
Review and Apply
- When you consider the call of Christ to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:18-20), what is the first reaction in your heart? i.e. guilt, fear, excitement, etc…
- Can you point to activities you are engaged in which demonstrate a commitment to the evangelization of unreached people groups?
- Consider and discuss this quote by Sandy Willson: “If the gospel is not going out, there is probably something about the gospel that you do not believe.”
- Just for fun…what percentage of the world population has no current opportunity to hear the gospel? (i.e. what percentage of the world's population is unreached)
- Just for fun…what percentage of “missions giving” from all churches goes toward reaching the unreached with the gospel?