A Reminder for those who Publicly Read Scripture

Paul exhorts Timothy, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13, ESV).

So clearly we should read Scripture publicly.  But does the manner in which its read matter?  Gary Reimers offers his insight to this question, 

This [1 Timothy 4:13] would call for an accurate, purposeful reading.  When the one doing the reading hurries through the text, making careless errors in wording or pronunciation, he inadvertently communicates the message that this part of the service is not very important.  On the other hand, when the reading is careful and expressive the focus falls on what the text actually says, providing a better opportunity for the living Word to penetrate deep into the hearts of the listeners (Gary Reimers, The Glory Due His Name [Greenville: Bob Jones University Press, 2009], 45).

So yes!  How we read Scripture matters a great deal.  Scripture readers, give attention to how you read!  Don’t be flippant about reading Scripture.  Be prepared when you go up before a congregation to read the Word of God.

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