Mission or Worship

I’m having difficulty accepting the following paragraph:

Scripture identifies the elect as being chosen for the purpose of “declaring the praises,” a missional task carried over from the unfulfilled (and unappreciated) task of missionary Israel.  The apostle Peter explains, “But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

The problem I have with the above paragraph is the statement that “Declaring the praises” is a missional task.  I don’t dispute the we are to be on mission, but this doesn’t seem to me to be a passage about mission.  It is instead a passage on the primary purpose of each believer, and thus the church: Worship.  The end, or purpose of the church, is not mission.  Mission is a means to an end.  The end to which mission is the means is Worship.  Mission exists because Worship doesn’t.

1 Peter 2:9 seems to me to be a passage about worship rather than mission.

2 thoughts on “Mission or Worship

  1. For myself, it’s a little less troubling. I tend to think of praise as a form of revelation, and revelation is the task. It sounds to me like a difference in word choice, since a primary means of missions is doing praise in front of folks who don’t know Him, whether as worship or as living revelation.

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