by Fred Lowery

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Hold Fast (5 of 7)
Series: Renew
Dr. Fred Lowery
Heb. 10:23-25; Heb. 6:19-20; Matt. 18:20; Eph. 5:25; Eph 5:31-32
February 12, 2012

We are in the book of Hebrews just highlighting a few passages and of course on Wednesday night we're looking at it verse by verse and today we're going to talk about why church matters.

What is your opinion about church attendance?
Is it something that you made a choice about this morning and were there different reasons why you chose to come today?

My opinion about church attendance is that it's non-negotiable. It's not optional. That unless you're sick, and I prefer a doctors excuse, or out of town, you're in church. But here's the whole thing - your opinion doesn't matter. My opinion doesn't matter. The only opinion that matters is God's opinion. We ought to want to know what God thinks about the church because the church - God set it up. It's a divine institution and so this morning we're in Hebrews chapter 10. We were there last week and we're just taking the next verse because this passage of Scripture is one of those passages that if you wanted to memorize a passage, this would be one of the great ones in the Bible to memorize. We talked about drawing near to God last week.
Verse 23 -
Heb 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. [NIV]
Let us hold unswervingly; unbendingly; unwavering, lets hold fast, let's hold firm, let's not turn loose.
We were on a family vacation several years ago in Canada and we decided to go down the river on this raft deal and it was - we chose a river - it wasn't the Kicking Horse, it was a milder one for this time of the year, they promised us that it was pretty mild so we got on that raft and the instructor gave us all these instructions about how to sit on the tube seat and where to put your feet for stability and to hold on to the paddle and whatever you did, you hold on to the paddle. And then he said if we hit some rough water ...

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