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DESCRIBE THE VARIOUS WAYS IN, WHICH THE BIBLE IS USED BY CHRISTIANS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WORSHIP AND ITS RELEVANCE TO EVERY DAY LIFE. The sacred book in Christianity is namely the Bible. It is used in both public worship and also one uses the Bible to worship alone such as personal devotions. The Bible is used in public worship in numerous ways. In a number of Nonconformist churches the Bible is brought into the church and placed on the lectern at the front of the church to signify that the service will commence. Often the congregation will rise from their seats in respect as the Bible is brought in. Similarly in Greek Orthodox churches respect is shown by the carrying of the Book of the Gospels in procession before readings from the Bible are actually given. During readings of the Gospels from the Bible in Anglican and Roman Catholic churches the congregation will stand as a mark of reverence. Again in many Nonconformist churches the Bible is used as a call to worship, the minister of the church will read a verse or two which has something to say about God's goodness and faithfulness. ...read more.


(Matthew 6:9-13) it instructs Christians on the way in which they should pray. "Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name..." At most services the priest or minister leading the service will give a talk known as a sermon, which is mainly based on a biblical passage or will make reference to teachings from the holy book. This given preaching interprets and develops the meaning of the Bible and tries to apply it to modern living and to relate its relevance to today. The bible is also used at a number of ceremonies including weddings, christenings and funerals. During such ceremonies particular readings are given specific to that occasion. For example during a funeral service as the coffin is carried and placed at the front of the church, the minister will read words of comfort such as John 11:25-26 "Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." Also during the service a longer reading is given such as John 14:1-6 "Do not be worried and upset. ...read more.


An example of this is if one reads a passage about forgiveness this might encourage a Christian to pray for God's assistance in helping forgive somebody who has hurt him or her in some way. Several Christians read the Bible in order to gain knowledge about their faith and as a stimulus to build their foundations of belief on issues such as Homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, war and so forth. Within the book they find commands and principles, which help them tackle such moral issues they may become subject to within their lives. It also common for Christians to share and exchange thoughts and opinion with other believers during a group study or home fellowship group. In regards to the bibles relevance to every day life, in some ways it is irrelevant to modern life. It has a view of the world, which is rather old-fashioned and outdated. It makes such assumptions that people today may oppose to such as the existence of god and idea that he intervenes. At the time in which it was written the imagery used then is extremely contrasting to that of today for example agricultural and rural metaphors which is now not appropriate in such a modern industrial society. ...read more.

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