Pastor Bob Holden gave another great sermon Sunday afternoon, this time on the importance of the word “literal.” That word refers to the way any person of normal intelligence would understand the text (of the Bible), without using any special keys or codes.
There are three qualifications of interpreting scripture literally:
1. Figures of speech: Psalm 34:15, John 4:24, Isaiah 51:9, Psalm 91:4.
2. Use of symbols: Revelation 1:20 and 5:8.
3. Use of parables to convey a point: Matthew 13:3 and 13:24 (and others).
That followed the 2 p.m. Bible study and informal Sunday school class on the Book of Acts, Chapters 3-4.
Our worship songs included “Church in the Wildwood,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “We’re Marching to Zion,” “Send the Light,” “He Hideth My Soul,” “When the Roll Is Called Up Younder” and the closing song, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
See you Thursday at Marshfield’s July 4 celebration. If I’m able, I may try to join other veterans on our float at the front of the parade. Many veterans won’t climb on the wagon — but stand on the sidelines and salute us. You are greatly appreciated also. Happy birthday to our nation and its citizens.