How to Listen to a Sermon
The sermon event is a culmination of prayer, study, reflection, and renewal of the one delivering it. The time of preparation otherwise privatized up to the moment of delivery is being released with conviction and with knowledge of the active grace of God. If developed under the compulsion of the Holy Spirit and a commitment to share truth and not opinion, the sermon will be an "explosion" of biblical revelation.
With that said, here's how to listen to this spiritual event. Do not be a criticizing listener. The minister makes mistakes as you do. Do not be a sermon fitter; that is, fitting the sermon to someone else. If the sermon does not fit you, let your neighbor fit it to himself. Listen with a humble mind. Listen with a mind prepared by prayer and expectation. Listen with an open mind. Let the searching light of the gospel reveal the need in your heart. You may disagree with the sermon, but remember, one of the functions of a true sermon is to disturb complacency.
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