Title – Reading the Bible and Praying in Public
Author – Stuart Olyott
Publisher – Carlisle: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2010 (reprint)
We incorporate Scripture reading in our worship service. A friend handed me this booklet to read.
Public Scripture Reading: “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them [the hearers] to understand the reading.” – Nehemiah 8:8
Pastor Olyott highlighted six characteristics about the Word: 1. Spirit-inspired, 2. infallible and inerrant – the very Word of God, 3. perspicuous, 4. for all, 5. supremely for the church, and 6. sufficient.
The last entry (#6) chided me a bit because I have a tendency to interject my own personal ditties to the Scripture. But why should I? The Scripture is sufficient.
Public Prayer: “And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.” – Acts 20:36
The author emphasized how the prayer is 1. public, 2. didactic, 3. pastoral, and 4. fresh.