THE GATHERING: WHY GATHER TO HEAR THE WORD?
Nehemiah 8:1-12, 1 Timothy 4:13 (also Ex. 24:7, Deut. 31:11, Josh. 8:35, 2 Kings 23:1-3, Luke 4:16, 1 Thes. 5:27) - PJ Lewis - In our Christian culture, there is great value for a personal devotional time, a "quiet time", a time where we read the Word or listen to a message for ourselves. But this focus has sometimes diminished the importance of the value of hearing the Word corporately. As we look at all the scripture and the history of the church, the Word is meant to be shared and taught in public, in larger groups, not just personally. There is something that happens when we all hear the Word together that cannot happen when we study the Word alone.