“Leave not off reading the Bible till you find your hearts warmed…let it not only inform you but inflame you.” –Thomas Watson
Last week we discussed the practice of reading the Scriptures in public worship. We prioritize the reading of the Scriptures because of the command and exhortation of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture…” (1 Timothy 4:13). We also understand that God’s word is absolutely central to our sanctification. Consider the following verses:
- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (Psalm 12:6)
- Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
- The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)
Can you think of other Scripture verses that highlight the importance and necessity of knowing God’s Word? In a helpful article from The Gospel Coalition, Erik Raymond comments, “When the Bible is read, God is speaking. This is actually the only perfect portion of our worship service!” Wow! The only act which occurs that is completely free of sin is the content (the Scriptures) which are read during our worship service. What a privilege, then, to participate in such an act of worship! I am grateful for our many volunteers who read the Scriptures on Sunday. If you are a church member and would like to be a Scripture reader, please see Charles or me about getting on that list. Next week, we will explore how our Scripture readers and those who hear the Scriptures read should prepare themselves for this portion of the worship service. Have a blessed week and we will see you on Sunday. D. V.
Love in Christ,
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/some-best-practices-for-public-reading-of-scripture/, accessed February 17, 2022.