Worship and Homily
In this opening homily of the Woodbridge Conference, Steve Farish explores the relevance of 1 Corinthians 10:31 to the task of world missions. Though aimed at the local church, the apostle Paul’s encouragement to “do all to the glory of God” has direct bearing on everything believers do, including world missions. Further, Rev. Farish states “World missions greatly exalts (glorifies) the name of God.” He identifies four specific ways God is glorified through world missions: (1) the nations are brought to salvation, (2) supernatural unity is created among people groups, (3) new worshippers of God are raised up among the nations, and (4) through the sacrificial acts of world missionaries.
Steve Farish has served since October 1993 as senior pastor of Crossroads Church in Grayslake, Illinois. Prior to that time he was for four years an associate pastor at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Farish holds degrees from Auburn University (B.A.), the University of Georgia School of Law (J.D.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.). He practiced law in Atlanta for four and one-half years in the area of construction-related litigation before obeying God’s call on his life to full-time vocational ministry.