Why read? (5)

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Chris Kiagiri did a great session for us at the Ministry Training Course recently on The Role of Music and Quality Songs in Church Life and he had this to say on how what we read impacts how we worship :

There is no authentic worship of God without a right knowledge of God… Everyone’s a theologian, just either a good one or a bad one. What theology books are you reading?

And then Chris quoted Spurgeon on 2 Timothy 4:13:

He is inspired, and yet he wants books!
He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books!
He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books!
He had had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books!
He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a men to utter, yet he wants books!
He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books!

The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, “Give thyself unto reading.” The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service.

(C H Spurgeon, ‘Paul, his cloak and his books’)

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