Q 97. How is the Word to be read and heard that it may become effectual to salvation?
A. That the Word may become effectual to salvation we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation and prayer, receive it in faith and love, lay it up in our hearts and practice it in our lives.
Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
1 Peter 2:1-2
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:13
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:10
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.