I Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Paul writes Timothy and tells him to put effort and attendance into the reading of God’s Word. God’s people need to know what God has to say. They need to hear divine authority speak. Many would not have had their copy of the Word of God due to the cost and size of scrolls.
When they got to church, they could have the Bible read to them. They could hear what God has to say. Remember that in another place Paul said: “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God!” It is the Word.
We all now have copies of the Bible. They are everywhere. You can have them on your phone, your computer, any electronic device, plus the leather bound paper cover. You can read, You should read. You should give attention to reading.
One of the reasons I like to read the Scriptures at our church is to have you hear them. I fear too many people have grown lazy in their reading. One of the reasons that we preach the Bible verse by verse is so that you can hear all it says. It will build your faith.
So he was to give attention to reading. Then he was to exhort, motivate, challenge God’s people to do what the Scriptures say. Then he was to show them the teachings of the Scriptures, doctrine.
Let’s get into the Bible. Let’s learn all we can.
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