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5 Things That Happened When My Church Got Pew Bibles

Do we really need Bibles in our church pews? After all, Scripture readings are usually either printed in the bulletin or projected on the screen. However, my church decided to purchase Bibles for the pews, and an amazing thing is happening. When I look around, I notice almost everyone is holding God’s Word in their hands, following along during the readings and sermon. What a wonderful feeling that gives me! We truly are the Body of Christ. All of us sitting together, listening, growing, and being fed and nourished by the Holy Spirit.

Here are 5 things that happened when my church got pew Bibles:

  1. Involvement. Reading directly from the Bible makes me feel like I’m participating more in the service; I’m more active, more involved, and I’m getting much more out of it.
  1. Understanding. Reading along in the Bible has made the sermon come alive for me. Now I find myself really looking at the Bible, really paying close attention to my Savior’s words—His questions, His promises, even His warnings. And the things my pastor says stick with me throughout the week because I’m not only hearing the message with my ears—I’m seeing God’s words with my eyes too.
  1. Family growth. When we started using the pew Bible together as a family, I noticed my children were becoming more familiar with their Bible, even finding passages before I can! I’ve seen them glance at the headings that summarize the sections we are reading. We even use the reading guides found in the pew Bibles as we read through the Bible together as a family.
  1. Discernment. The more I learn the Scriptures, the more I can search them to test what I hear and what I read. In fact, my children are even talking about the things they hear at school that don’t fit with what we are reading in the Bible.
  1. Bible study and church meetings. My church purchased additional pew Bibles to keep in our Bible-study and meeting rooms. The maps in the pew Bibles have been helpful during class discussion. Our men’s and women’s groups use the brief service orders in the back and read portions of the catechism in their opening devotions. And we close our board, council, and voters meetings with the prayers in the back of the Bibles.

Pew Bibles are really changing my church for the better!

Written by

Wayne Palmer

Rev. Wayne Palmer received his master of divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1992. During the next fifteen years, he served two parishes in southeast Missouri. From 2007 to 2016, he was theological editor/writer at Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis. In June 2016, he became Editor, Bibles and Bible resources at Concordia Publishing House. Wayne lives in St. Louis with his wife, Pam.

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