“Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.” – Psalms 96:4
The most crucial issue in missions – centrality of God in the life of the Church. Where people are not stunned by the greatness of God, how can they go with this ringing message from Psalms 96:4? Missions is not first and greatest — God is.
William Carey, the father of modern missions, who set sail for India from England in 1793, expressed the connection —
“When I left England, my hope of India’s conversion was very strong; but amongst so many obstacles, it would die, unless upheld by God. Well, I have God, and His Word is true, Though the superstitions of the heathen were a thousand times stronger than they are, and the example of the Europeans a thousand times worse; though I were deserted by all and persecuted by all, yet my faith, fixed on the sure Word, would rise above all obstructions and overcome every trial. God’s cause will triumph.”