And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
How to Listen to a Sermon
Thomas Watson’s advice on preparation for hearing a sermon
1. Prepare to hear the Word by bathing your soul in prayer.
2. Come to the Word with a holy appetite and a tender, teachable heart.
3. Be attentive to the preached Word.
4. Receive with meekness the engrafted Word.
5. Mingle the preached Word with faith.
6. Strive to retain what has been preached and pray about the Word Proclaimed.
7. Put the Word into practice, be doers of it.
8. Beg the Spirit to accompany the Word with effectual blessing.
9. Familiarize yourself with the Word by sharing it with others.
“The Puritans relished good sermons. They attended church faithfully, took careful notes, and often talked and prayed through the sermon afterward with their children. These practices were the fruit of Puritan pastors teaching their people how to listen to sermons.”
“Point 7 is key, …If it does not make your heart better it will make your chains heavier”
This was adapted from Joel Beeke’s book Living for God’s Glory.