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But people who neglect Church, surely have something to allege in their own defence. They must have some reason. I will set down, and briefly consider, all the excuses for neglect of public worship, which I remember to have heard.

1. Some people say, “They know already, all that is taught in the Church.” How can they tell what may be taught, when they are not present? But this apology is quite unfounded, the persons…

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Religious faith expresses itself both in worship and in work. In such acts of religious service as may declare the soul’s devotion to the Deity, and in such works as are believed to be pleasing to Him, and such as naturally grow out of the faith cherished, and correspond to the worship offered.

Worship, properly speaking, is adoration and praise offered to God. The emotion is instinctive in a devout soul and tends to exalt and magnify Him to whom all honor and glory are due. It is offered in view of the glorious excellency of the divine character; and also because of what God has done for men. . .

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Churches are Heaven’s appointed agencies for the salvation of men. For, though it would be false and profane to say that men could not be saved outside the churches, and without their aid, yet, as a matter of fact, but few are converted and saved aside from associated Christian effort, as represented by the churches, or the zeal of personal piety, as nourished and stimulated by them.

The mission of a Christian Church, therefore, is to . . .

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