Scripture reading should be a highlight of a worship service.
How would your church be transformed if reading Scripture was a highlight of your services? Increasing the quantity and quality of Scripture-reading in your communal worship is a powerful way to reach the hearts of your congregation.
Grounded in both solid theology and communication theory, Devote Yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture will teach readers how to present Scripture in a compelling way. The book’s comprehensive approach includes everything from simple delivery skills to the history of public reading, how to build a culture that values public reading, group reading, and how to prepare yourself spiritually, mentally, and emotionally for public reading.
The included DVD offers instruction, demonstration of the concepts and sample readings by Dr. Arthurs.
“Jeffrey Arthurs builds a compelling case for a biblically mandated but embarrassingly neglected ministry–public Scripture reading. This book is not only biblical, reminding the reader of commonly overlooked texts that bear on the subject, but is also up-to date, informative, well documented, clearly illustrated, unfailingly wise, and eminently helpful. I found excellence on every turn of the page. I can’t recommend it too highly.”
~Greg R. Scharf, Professor of Pastoral Theology Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 2012-12-01
“God created the universe with the power of his spoken word and continues to refashion lives where his Word is heard today. Jeffrey Arthurs serves the Church well by showing us why and how to read God’s powerful words.”
~J. Kent Edwards, Professor of Preaching & Leadership Talbot School of Theology 2012-12-01
“I rejoice to see this new work. I pray that it will influence a new generation of leaders to restore the historic practice of public Scripture reading in corporate worship.”
~Tony Merida, Associate Professor of Preaching Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 2012-12-01