Halley’s Admonition to Have the Congregation Read and the Pastor Preach from the Bible

Halley’s Bible Handbook is a long-standing reference work.  The current Amazon listing for this book says, “Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of the conviction of Henry H. Halley that everyone ought to read the Bible daily.”

I no longer have a copy, but I recall from the one I had in the early ’80’s that it contained  a page with these words:

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS BOOK
IS
This Simple Suggestion:

THAT EACH CHURCH HAVE A CONGREGATIONAL PLAN OF BIBLE READING

and

THAT THE PASTOR’s SERMON BE FROM THE PART OF THE BIBLE READ THE PAST WEEK

Thus connecting
The Pastor’s Preaching with the People’s Bible Reading.

Each line was centered on the page just as you see above.  (I don’t know whether today’s editions of the book have retained this page, but you can see confirmations of its being in the older versions here.  [Editorial note, January 27, 2017: Sorry, but the page I was linking to is no longer there.])

I adopted this plan for the church I was pastoring at the time.  Each Sunday the church bulletin had the Bible Reading Plan for the week, with spaces for people to make notes on what they read during the week.  We started with Genesis 1 and read a chapter a day.  My sermon on Sunday would be based on the seven chapters read that week.

If more pastors did this, perhaps more of them would end up forsaking the organized church to pursue God’s church.

 

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