Reading the Word in Worship

The reading of Scripture and the exposition of it are primary acts of worship in the church; they are offerings given to God in reverence and devotion. Reading god’s holy Word in the assembly without understanding, interpretation, or enthusiasm undermines the foundation of all worship, which is to hear from God. When the reading of Scripture is with clarity, conviction, and power, it sets the Word of God before the people in a way that demonstrates its authority and demands a response. The reading of Scripture should be one of the most powerful parts of worship–every word spoken from the Word is from God (Allen P. Ross, Recalling the Hope of Glory, 506).

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for the quote. By the reading and exposition of scripture, we give voice to the Head of the Church. When we neglect these, we in effect silence the Head of the Church.

  2. Posted by John on March 3, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Great quote. Increasingly I to strive to not only preach well, but to read the Word well publicly. The more I pursue it the more challenging it becomes. Scripture read well can be spiritually electrifying. Scripture read poorly, raced through, and without preparation or thought seems to show contempt for that which is sacred.

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