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In my opening days as Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, I shared my “7 Hopes.” You might want to go back and read those.

My first hope is . . .

Jesus will be exalted.

I’ve spent the last few articles exploring this first hope.

Consider what the writer of Hebrews maintains in Hebrews 10:19-25 about the high purpose of worship.

This text, specifically the three “let us” clauses of verses 22-24 helps us to see the high purpose of worship. What are those purposes?

  1. Let Us Draw Near to God—Worship brings us to God! When we come, as the text suggests, with sincerity, full assurance of faith, and a clear conscience, we ought to be brought near to God. The Bible says, in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
  1. Let Us Hold Fast the Confession—Worship builds our faith! When we worship through our thanksgiving, our singing, and our preaching, we are reminding ourselves that God is faithful.
  1. Let Us Consider—Worship builds other’s faith! Finally, we note in this passage that when the body of the local church comes together, we encourage one another. We build up each other’s faith. This can’t happen if we do not assemble.

Be certain that there is no easier commitment than to resolve that you are going to be connected to the local church.

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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