Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship 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.

source: John Piper, LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD: THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN MISSIONS, Baker Book House, 1993. tags: Evangelism, Worship, Call To Worship