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  • Writer's pictureLogan Hagoort

The End of Public Worship

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My dear sheep. People often argue about whether worship should be focused internally or externally. That is, should we aim our worship towards bringing in the lost or building up the saints? The answer to this question is an emphatic, "NO". The first and only end of public worship is the glory of God. There are other things being achieved during worship (as mentioned by the DPW), but ultimately, all of these things are carried out for the sole end of glorifying God.

Directory of Public Worship 47-3, "The end of public worship is the glory of God. His people should engage in all its several parts with an eye single to His glory. Public worship has as its aim the building of Christ's Church by the perfecting of the saints and the addition to its membership of such as are being saved -- all to the glory of God. Through public worship on the Lord's day Christians should learn to serve God all the days of the week in their every activity, remembering, whether they eat or drink, or whatever they do, to do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)."

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