Do you want the Church to grow? Then we must change how we view the Church. “Church” is not where we go twice a week or what we “do” on Sunday mornings. Sunday morning worship, Sunday evening Bible study, and Wednesday fellowship are times of encouragement for pilgrims of the way. We are participants; not spectators. We do not come to the church to download moral platitudes from our “spiritual head” and then go home to do the things we really enjoy doing. We come together to gaze and revere the beauty and majesty of God corporately so that we might be better equipped to share Christ within our various vocations. Evangelism is the overflow of worship; worship that is corporate on Sundays and Wednesdays and individual every moment we place our trust and affections on the person of Jesus Christ. As John Piper noted, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever…” We meet to worship by hearing the preached Word, partaking in the sacrament, and responding in the liturgy so that we might be furnished and energized to tell our desperate world about this One who has found us.
Church, we must see ourselves involved with Jesus’ mission. We are not seat-fillers but satisfied heralds of a great Savior. Our salvation is cosmic in scope (Rom. 8:18-25; Col. 1:15-23) and, when we share the gospel with people in our various areas of influence, we are extending the kingdom of our Sovereign God. It is not merely about going to heaven when we die. It is about worship. We find ourselves between the ages implementing and spreading the message of God’s triumph, the victory of God over the forces of sin, death, and evil. God’s new creation has been launched upon a surprised world, pointing ahead to the renewal, the redemption, and the rebirth of the entire world. We go as a community of redeemed people with the gospel message that God has won a decisive battle, has inaugurated a new time and has created a new humanity. The temple is not stationary on a field of sod in Jerusalem. Beloved, we are the temples of God and the Spirit of a missionary God has been placed within our hearts (1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20). We are not spectators; we are sent ones. Do you want the Church to grow? Do you want to see the pews filled on Sunday morning full of worshippers adoring and exulting in the majesty of our great God? Do you want to see God receive what He is worthy of, the worship of every creature? Then view yourself as part of the mission of God. See yourself as intricately connected and involved with God’s embolden pursuit of magnifying Jesus Christ’s supremacy in all things.