What is the Public Reading of Scripture?

The Public Reading of Scripture (PRS) is the biblical practice of listening to the Bible together.

PRS has four key pillars:

In Community

1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching.


Revelation 1:3
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.


Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he mediates day and night.

Whole Bible

Matthew 4:4
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)

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How much Bible to read each year through public and private reading?

Old Testament

77 hours
1-2 Times

New Testament

21 Hours
2-4 Times


6 Hours
2-4 Times
That equals 2.5–4.8 hours per week or 125–225 hours per year!

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

Hebrews 1:1-2

Why do the Public Reading of Scripture?

By reading and listening to Scripture together through the Public Reading of Scripture (PRS), Bible reading is more sustainable and enjoyable.

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