Concordia Theological Monthly

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sermon, worship, lection, lessons, liturgical, ministry

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"Give attendance to reading," St. Paul exhorted Timothy. This exhortation has sometimes been applied to contemporary ministers as follows: Let them keep up their private studies, their reading of the Bible and of the many other materials which enrich their mind and ministry. That is a useful and necessary exhortation. The original intention of 1 Tim. 4:13, however, is simpler. St. Paul tells Timothy that he is to minister faithfully and vigorously to his congregation till St. Paul himself will come. This ministry means bringing the Word of God to people. That he is to do through three routes: reading the Scriptures to them, exhorting them concerning Scriptural facts, and teaching them the significance of these Scriptural facts for themselves.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Luke 4:16-20; Acts 13:15; Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars