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.