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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
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BILL VAN RYN
|SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
“…say Amen.” (1 Cor. 14:16)
Amen is an extremely useful word with which to express hearty approval of what is being said. Many
congregations could afford to use it more often in their services.
The word is found 68 times in the Bible. From 1 Corinthians 14:15, 16 it is clear that it was used in the
meetings of the early church. So we can be assured that the use of the Amen is eminently scriptural.
Not only so, it is imperative. The sublime nature of the truths we deal with require the intelligent
expression of enthusiastic appreciation. It seems like ingratitude to hear such truths and never make a
It is always an encouragement to the speaker when his audience says “Amen” at those places in his
message where he has made an effective point. It tells him that the people are following him and that
they share his spiritual and emotional exuberance.
And it is good for the person who says the Amen. It keeps him involved as an attentive listener. It keeps
him from becoming apathetic when he should be amazed.
I would suggest that it is good for outsiders who may be present. They sense that the Christians are
enthusiastic, that they enjoy their faith, that they believe what they believe. The use of the Amen
expresses life and fervor. Its absence speaks of dullness and deadness.
Amen is one of three Bible words that are practically universal. In most languages these words are the
same. So you can go almost anywhere and say, “Maranatha! Hallelujah! Amen!” and people will
understand you as saying “The Lord is coming! Praise the Lord! So be it.”
Of course, the word “Amen” should be used discerningly. It would be inappropriate to use it to express
enthusiasm over misfortune, tragedy or sorrow.
It is a shame that some bodies of Christians have stopped using the Amen because it has been abused
in meetings given over to extreme emotionalism. Like all good things, it can be used or overdone. But we
should not be robbed of this scriptural practice just because some have used it undiscerningly. Amen?
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Bio: Fayette and I served in Puerto Rico from 1965 to 1975,
ministering and providing leadership in two local assemblies
and working with children and youth as well as adults in
neighborhoods and in the local church, and hospital and
prison visitation. I also began an evangelistic and basic
teaching periodical in Spanish which continued for 30 years,
until 1997, and at its peak circulated about 100,000 copies to
addresses in most countries in the Spanish-speaking world.
I continue to edit, translate, write and minister in Spanish as I
have opportunity, as well as contributing articles in English to
Grace & Truth Magazine.
I have continued ministering in our local assembly and,
as the Lord provides opportunity, elsewhere in the Midwest
and East. After 25 years in Florida we are now based in
Fayette and I have four grown, married sons, twelve
grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, living here in
Wausau or in various locations in Illinois.
Our condolences to Bill
whose wife Fayette passed
away some months ago.