2. The Proclamation / Ministry of the Word.
We read last week of gathering Christians for worship, the importance of repentance, and the limitation of “rights”. Now we come to the reading of the Bible in the service.
A] How many Bible passages do we read in a service? (Trick!)
B] How are they decided on? Why?
C] Christians differ from some other religions because they are not mainly interested in theory, or spiritual exercises, but in communication with God. How does this appear in the following passages?
Genesis 12 :1-5; Exodus 3:1-10, Joshua 1:1-6
1 Samuel 3, Jeremiah 1:1-8
D] Matthew 4 and Luke 4 tell of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. What is the same in all 3 answers he gives? Why do you think this is?
E] The first Christian believers had only the Old Testament. What do the following passages tell you they used it for:
Luke 24:13-35 especially v27.
F] Is the “word of God” limited to the words of the Bible? Look at 1 Thessalonians 2:13. What are the implications of this?
G] Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17. What does this tell us about the uses of scripture in the early Church?
H] Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5. What is warned against? What are the answers?
I] Sometimes the Reading and Preaching seem only to involve people “at the front”. What is expected of the congregation? What can you do to help this for yourself? And for others?
J] What different ways of doing this part of the service can you imagine?