(I apologize if this has been asked. The search function does not seem to be working on either my PC or my smartphone.) Q. 156. Is the Word of God to be read by all? A. Although all are not permitted to read the Word publicly to the congregation... (Deut. 31:9,11-13; Neh. 8:2-3, 9:2-5) Q. 158. By whom is the Word of God to be preached? A. The Word of God is to be preached only by such as are sufficiently gifted, and also duly approved and called to that office. The Westminster Divines were clear that only those gifted, approved and called may preach. But who may read the Scriptures aloud to the congregation during the corporate worship?