The heart of renewal: the reading and preaching of God’s Word


Phillip Graham Ryken writes in Thermelios:

ezra_preachesEzra also had a mind for biblical truth. Perhaps the best example comes from Nehemiah 8, where Ezra gathers the Israelites to renew the covenant in Jerusalem. The heart of that renewal was the reading and preaching of God’s Word. Ezra gathered people in the square in front of the Water Gate, brought out the Book of the Law of Moses, and read it from dawn until noon. He not only read the law, but he also explained it. He and the other teachers “read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading” (Neh 8:8). This is one of our first and best models for expository preaching. This is what faithful gospel ministry is all about: reading God’s Word and giving the sense so that people can understand.

Phil Ryken was Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is now the President of Wheaton College. To read the rest of the article, click here:

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