Meditating On Scripture Together

When you read the Bible during the week try whenever you can to read it along with someone else. Hopefully this can be done in the home with your family. Take turns reading passages out loud to one another. Discuss the passage together. This conversation is part of what is involved in meditating on Scripture.

I strongly recommend you having a reading guide. Reading cover to cover is not the best plan. Why? Well, for starters you will be two thirds of the way through until you reach the New Testament.

The Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) contains a two year daily lectionary which involves three readings for each day. It provides an Old Testament reading, a reading from the epistles (letters) of the New Testament, and a reading from one of the four Gospel Accounts in the New Testament.

I send out these assigned readings to all the members, both as a monthly guide, and then also as a weekly guide each week in “The Gift of Grace Congregation at Prayer Guide”.

There are a number of advantages in utilizing this lectionary (list of readings). The first is that it can put all of us on the same page. This would enhance conversation when we meet each other – such conversation itself being a form of meditating on the Word. Second, one can listen to God speak through his Hebrew prophets, through the appointed New Testament apostles, and through his Son in the Gospel accounts concurrently all on the same day. And third, in two years you will have read most of the passages in Scripture.

As you are reading each day you can continue to learn the Small Catechism by heart as provided each week in the “…Congregation at Prayer.” This will help you focus on the main teachings to glean from Scripture.

Finally keep active on Sundays in hearing God’s Word in the Divine Service, and participate in Bible Studies offered in the church.

Since You Asked…

Why do we stand during the reading of the Gospel Lesson?

By standing we are giving expression of special respect and adoration. In the Gospel Accounts we meet our Lord Jesus Christ in a special way. In these writings we are presented with Jesus’ Judean and Galilean ministry. We also have a record of the very words of our Lord (his teachings, parables, dialog, etc.). We hear the accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the work of our salvation.

Although the entire Bible is the Word of God, it is in the Gospels that our Lord is most directly presented to us. So you might say that Christ himself is being presented before us in the Gospel Lesson. It is therefore most appropriate that we stand at attention.