Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist 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.
This is a John Piper quote used in a commentary on Galatians by J. V. Fesko.
Fesko goes on to say “Our desire, therefore, should not be that the gospel would make people’s lives better, but ultimately that the nations would come to God’s temple and worship him”.