I think it's important at the end of every year to preach a sermon on the importance of God's Word in our lives, both personally and corporately. We can forget as individuals and we can forget as a church the main things, and the main thing is to feed on God's Word so we are strengthened in Christ and we love him. Spurgeon reminds us how much Scripture strengthens us.
You have lost a dear child. Was there not a word of the Lord to cheer you? You lost your property. Was there not a passage in the scriptures to meet the disaster? You have been slandered. Was there not a word to console you? You were very sick and with all depressed. Had not the Lord provided a comfort for you in that case? I will not multiply questions. The fact is that you never were high but the word of the Lord was up with you, and you never were low but what the scripture was down with you.
So I want to look at six truths today from God's Word. But let's begin by looking at this passage in Nehemiah 8:1-8. This is a great passage on the reading and exposition of the Scriptures.
(Read Nehemiah 8:1-8)
In corporate gatherings the exposition of Scripture should be central
The people gathered publicly to read God's Word and have it explained, and of course that's what we're doing here. That's what the church of Jesus Christ has always done when it's operating rightly—paying heed to the preaching, exposition, and teaching of the Word. We read in verse three, they were attentive to what God's Word said. They paid heed to it. We all know how easy it is to be present and to not hear the Word of God. I've heard many, many sermons in my life but when I arrive I am tired or distracted or worried about something. ...
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