The ministry of Bible-Reading
One key purpose of the gathering of God’s people is to hear from his word (Col 3:16). Bible-reading is therefore a type of leadership, because in doing it we are guiding, exhorting, teaching, and modelling for the congregation.
It is a responsible role which God has entrusted to us for the service of his people, and so it requires careful preparation and may be considered a gift – not everyone can or should be the Bible-reader in church. The Bible-reader interprets the passage for those present by their intonation, pace, and pauses. As the famous communicator, Clifford Warne, said, “What we fail to understand, we fail to communicate.”
Jesus himself read aloud from the Scriptures, following the synagogue tradition (Luke 4), and we expect that God is present in the gathering and particularly as the Holy Spirit helps us understand the very Scriptures he inspired (2 Pet 1:20-21).
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 1 Tim 4:13
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