The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Knowing the Bible by heart

Worship reveals the first language of faith

You may think you don't know the Bible at all. But it could be more a part of you than you think.

When you attend worship regularly, parts of the Bible become part of you. A friend of mine grew up singing "Holy, Holy, Holy" as an entrance hymn every Sunday. From that hymn, he knows the scene and story of Revelation 4. Another friend loves the camp song that begins "The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock." Its words are a quotation of 2 Samuel 22:47.

designpicsHere are two verses of Scripture most people worshiping in ELCA congregations know, even if they don't realize they come from 1 John 1:8-9: "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

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