Dramatic Presentation of Mark 3 by Max McLean

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  • 2013-05-28T19:38:19

PROPOSITION FOR MORE PUBLIC READING OF SCRIPTURE IN YOUR CHURCHES - jorgelahiff@sbcglobal.net. From Jorge Lahiff. To God's children scattered among the nations and denominations- Greetings and blessings to all of you in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The public reading of Scripture is an ancient Jewish tradition which was passed onto the first Christians by the Apostles. Our brothers who lived during the first four centuries of the Church's existence devoted far more time to reading the word of God aloud during their meetings than we do today. Few people study the Scriptures as much as they should. It is therefor the duty of every church leaders to read all the books of the Bible, from the Book of Genesis through the Book of Revelation, in the hearing of church members, their children, and unsaved visitors, while also continuing to preach, and to teach,- and to encourage people to read and to study the Bible on their own. I recommend that at least thirty minutes of regular weekend church services be devoted to reading the Bible aloud; reading through the New Testament at least once a year, and reading through the Old Testament about once every six to eight years. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to read his letters aloud during church services. "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." 1st Timothy 4:13 NASB. The Apostle John assumed that the Books of Revelation would be read in the churches. "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear,..” Revelation 1:3 ESV. God commanded the Prophet Jeremiah to read aloud His word in Solomon's Temple. “..in the hearing of all the people in the Lord's house you shall read the words of the LORD" Jeremiah 36:6 ESV - -The Apostle Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonians 5:27, "I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers." Does Paul’s apostolic command apply only to the First Century church leaders at Thessalonica? Of coarse not! The Holy Spirit compels all church leaders to do the same, until Christ's second coming. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.." Romans 10:17 NKJV. (Jesus) "stood up to read." Luke 4:16 KJV. Faithful shepherds have a challenging job. That is why the Lord commands us support them financially, to pray for them, and to submit to their authority. -The Holy Spirit works through the light of God's word to convict people of their sin, of their guilt, of their need to repent, and of the certainty of judgment. That is why many 'offensive' passages, are avoided by today's 'less-than-faithful' church leaders. "The unfolding of GOD'S words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. GOD'S word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Psalm 119:130,105. "All who do evil hate the light (the lamp of God's word) and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed." John 3:20. -The Scriptures are more than reference books for lengthy sermons and sparsely attended midweek and pre-service Bible studies. They are the very words of God passed onto us by His holy prophets and apostles, and through them our spiritual birth in Christ Jesus is facilitated. Churchgoers need and deserve to hear more of them. CHURCH SHEPHERDS, "do you love me more than these (your careers and your financial security)?"... well then, “Feed my lambs.” "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes." Matthew 24:46- JESUS told SATAN, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD." Matthew 4:4 NASB. "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,.." Ephesians 5:25-27ESV. "when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing." Deuteronomy 31:11 NASB. "To know God is to love Him, to love Him is to trust Him, to trust Him is to obey Him, to obey Him is to be blessed by Him." -Anonymous. "Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21 NKJV.

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