So what is the right way to listen to a sermon? With a soul that is prepared, a mind that is alert, a Bible that is open, a heart that is receptive, and a life that is ready to spring into action.
Read the rest for an explanation of each point.
If you’re a regular church attender (and therefore sermon-listener), it’s sometimes surprising to think we don’t have more teaching on how to listen to a sermon. Here are some more resources for your consideration:
- Christopher Ash, Listen Up! A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons
- Thabiti Anyabwile, “A Healthy Church Member Is an Expositional Listener” (ch. 1) in What Is a Healthy Church Member?
- John Piper, “Take Care How You Listen!” (sermon)
Here’s a quote from Thabiti as further incentive:
Few things are more discouraging or dishonoring to [faithful pastors] than a congregation inattentive to the Word of God. Faithful men flourish at the fertile reception of the preached Word. They’re made all the more bold when their people give ear to the Lord’s voice and give evidence of being shaped by it. As church members, we can care for our pastors and teacher and help to prevent unnecessary discouragement and fatigue by cultivating the habit of expositional listening.