- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:22
The Scriptures should be prominent and opened in all assembly gatherings (I Tim 4:13 – "public reading"). The Spirit will dictate what is appropriate on Lord's Day morning, whether continued thoughts about His Person, work, or coming, or a devotional or practical Word. The nature of Paul's discourse after the Breaking of Bread in Troas is not recorded (Acts 20:7). When would we be more likely to respond to ministry that challenges our lives than after being occupied with His body given and blood outpoured? The Lord "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27). What an exposition that Lord's Day by the greatest Teacher! He found them with hearts broken and left them with hearts burning! We too need our hearts warmed and zeal renewed to face a hostile world.
Opening the Scriptures before the bread is broken needs qualification: the remembrance of our Lord is preeminently occupation with Christ, especially His death (1 Corinthians 11:26; Luke 22:19, 20). It is NOT for teaching. Reading the Scriptures about the Lord Jesus with a few brief comments can lead the saints to worship our Lord. As appropriate hymns lead us in worship so likewise do appropriate Scriptures.