All worship is eschatological. All true worship remembers the past, experiences the present and looks toward the future. In that sense, eschatology should shape how we see our gathered worship of God. It is in worship – in hearing the Word preached, in prayer, in exhorting each other, in affirming our faith, in receiving the sacraments – that we, as a community, reject antichrist.
(These are just a few thoughts that I’m putting down for myself in preparation for a sermon in July. The last time I preached, my text was from Revelation 13 – the mark of the beast passage – and on July 6, I’ll be tackling antichrist. I promise that I’m not fixated on the “End Times”, except in the sense that all of our lives are lived in the end times.)