My pastor, Steven Mock, preached on Psalm 96 on Sunday. He called this Psalm “a missionary melody.”

“Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

There were three key points that Steven made from the text:

1. Mission starts with worship (v. 1)

Mission is about maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.

John Piper said “Mission exists because worship doesn’t.”

2. Mission overflows to the nations (v. 3)

They are enslaved by idols.

John Calvin said “The human heart is a factory of idols.”

3. Mission is temporary (v. 13)

Mission is temporary, but worship is forever!

Jim Elliot said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at

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  1. RoSeZ 9 June, 2009 at 8:59 am - Reply

    * I enjoyed your post – thanks for sharing it! I’ll have to get the whole message when it’s available, but thanks for the appetizer! =D

    * I liked Pete Ko’s blog pointers on ‘Decide for, Debate for, Divide for or Die for’.
    1. Fight for the truth (choose whether “to die for” it OR “divide over” it)
    2. Argue for what works (“debate for” it OR “decide for” it if it doesn’t matter too much )

    * As for the clip, lol, I had a babysitter who did that at our house – ‘cept they went straight through the door! Hehe, come to think of it, I think it may…possibly…have been my fault… =P

    * Get Twitter, Jason… =P

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