Dec 19, 2011: Purpose for Reading the Word of God

Robert E. Webber

The overall purpose for the reading of the Word is to let God speak. It is not, as some might think, the time for educating the people, for long tedious exegetical sermons, or an evangelistic appeal. It is principally an address from God to the congregation that is expressed through reading and preaching his Word and is followed by an appropriate response from the people.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1992), 143.

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