In this episode, Tyrell sits down again with Mark Penrith, pastor-teacher of Crystal Park Baptist Church in Benoni, South Africa. Mark and Tyrell discuss the significance of Bible reading—and particularly public Bible reading in corporate worship.
Paul commanded the public reading of Scripture for corporate worship (1 Timothy 4:13). This practice dates all the way back to Mount Sinai, where Moses gathered the people together and read the Scriptures aloud to them. Joshua did so again when Israel entered the Promised Land and Ezra did so when the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon. Jesus participated in this practice (Luke 4:16–19). It is understandable that Paul would commend this practice.
For most of new covenant history, people did not have easy access to their own Bible, if indeed they could read. The invention of the printing press in the 1500s changed all of that, but for most of church history, people relied on the public reading of Scripture in corporate worship settings for their access to God’s word. This is a practice which has, sadly, been lost in many contemporary churches, but it is one to which we need to return.
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