Is an emphasis on reading God’s Word in church preferential, cultural, or biblical? The answer can be found in the Bible itself. As Alistair Begg explains, Nehemiah 8 sets a pattern for the centrality of Scripture to the worship of God’s people. After Jerusalem’s wall was rebuilt, fifty thousand worshipers gathered with Nehemiah to expectantly hear God’s Word proclaimed. United in devotion, they responded with hands lifted in praise and faces bowed in contrition—a reminder to us that our own posture before the Lord reveals our hearts.
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