PART TWO: CONSECRATION AND ASSENT
The Bible comes to us out loud in the community. The public reading and hearing of God's Word is thus central to Christian worship. Among other things, it helps prevent biblical ignorance in the next generation. The whole word of God is brought to bear upon us and we are called to submit ourselves by faith to the authority of God's word—God speaks and we listen. Most of the Bible was written to be read aloud in the congregation. At the conclusion of each reading, the minister declares: "The Word of the Lord!" The congregation responds with: "Thanks be to God!"