Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (Perspectives) is a fifteen week course about the global purpose of Christians, designed around four vantage points or “perspectives” – Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. The course has the objective of opening the eyes of Christians to the vision that God has a “world-size” role for every believer in His global mission. The point of this course is to simply show practical examples of how missions can be done wisely and well, against the background that God will fulfill His promises.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalm 96:3).
I have embarked on the Independent Study Online format of the Perspectives study program and will periodically share a perspective on different lessons.
We were introduced to how God fulfilled or will fulfill His promise to Abraham progressively through history In Lesson 1. Lesson 2 introduces “The Story of His Glory“. This lesson invited me to see afresh how God has been building a reputation to draw worshippers of every nation.
“Missions exists because worship doesn’t” – John Piper (author in Perspectives on World Christian Movement) posits that the reason God is on mission is because His name is not known in all the earth, so He is not being worshiped. This means then that missions is not God’s ultimate goal, but worship. God’s mission is to bring about worship, unleashing God’s glory among peoples of the earth in places where there is none.
Compelling and sustainable motivation for mission – Steve Hawthorne (Author in Perspectives on World Christian Movement) argues that motivation based merely on a compassionate response to human need can be limited – I agree. Tim Dearborn’s (author in Perspectives on World Christian Movement) also agrees; he says that when the focus is on God and His kingdom the mission becomes a sustained adventure of passion. In order to have compelling and sustainable motivation for mission we must accept that mission is primarily about God and then, about that which is beneficial to mankind.
The ultimate worship in the heavenly city – “God created us in his image, endowed us with creativity, and set us in a world of possibilities and challenges” – Miriam Adeney (author in Perspectives on World Christian Movement). In the world God has made, with different creativity and experiences He is calling people from all nations. In Revelation 21 the holy Jerusalem is described as, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. In this New Jerusalem there will be the coming together of people from all nations and tribes displaying God’s glory and honor through their unique cultures.
Lesson 2 – shows several main events of the Bible’s story unfolding God’s purpose to glorify Himself globally by the worship of all nations. Missions then is not God’s ultimate goal, it is worship. Worship both reveals and delights God, and expresses His love for people by bringing them near to Him in obedient love. When we focus on God and His kingdom the mission to bring His name to the nations becomes a sustained adventure of passion. With our God given creativity and with different experiences, each nation will express unique characteristics of worship when united in the heavenly city – This shall be a grand experience – I can’t wait!
– Garfield Miller, Missionary Society (Jamaica)