Christmas cuts and Scripture musts

December 11, 2007

The Christmas season is a busy time for many people, especially churches. The desire to incorporate more into a worship service can leave the service lacking in other things. I was reading through a church bulletin recently when I saw, or rather didn’t see, something that I expected.

We learned in my Personal Spiritual Disciplines class the importance of 1 Timothy 4:13, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching”. In part, it was brought to our attention that the public reading of Scripture is commanded. Paul wrote this epistle to Timothy, giving him instruction on how to conduct himself, especially concerning the worship service. Both pastors and those they are accountable to should remember this command when busy Christmas services call for “cuts” in the normal bulletin schedule.

May we not be too busy to remember our Lord’s instructions and obey them.



  1. Score one for the regulative principle. Who would have thought that God knows best about how He should be worshiped?

  2. Amen to Bryan’s comment. I think Scripture regulates the content of what God requires of us in worshipping Him. While He may give us freedom as to the methodology of somethings, the reading of God’s Word is a biblical necessity and should never be left out.

    Josh… care to make your FULL rss feed available, instead of just the summary?!

  3. Alex, full RSS is now available – enjoy!

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