How to Listen to a Sermon?
Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
This Sunday, our former pastor, Ken Hornok will be preaching. Connie and I plan to watch the service via the internet - "technology is truly amazing." As such this is the ideal time to pull out an article I've been saving that was written by Dr. Mike Miller, pastor of Jacksonville, Texas' Central Baptist Church. Dr. Miller was asked to write an article on: How to listen to a sermon better? His answer was so good I want to repeat it:
Pray for your pastor before you go to bed. As you do, pray that you will rest well and wake up ready to hear from God's Word. Then get up early enough not to be rushed. Spend time in prayer before you go to church, praying for your pastor and yourself. Ask God to give you an attentive and receptive heart.
Sit in the best possible place for you-where you hear and see best and where there are the fewest distractions (people who want to talk to you during the sermon, etc.). Sing with all your heart, focusing on the words you are singing. Then open your Bible (if you use a Bible app, turn off all notifications, and put your device in airplane mode). Put all electronic devices in airplane mode so you will not receive any messages or calls.
Ask the Lord to speak through your pastor and to open your mind, ears, and heart. Take notes. Don't try to write down everything, but write the main points and anything that really gets your attention or speaks to you.
After church, sit down at lunch with friends/family and discuss the sermon. NOTE: This is not the time to be critical but to share what you each learned and how you intend to apply it. Go home and thank God for the blessing of your pastor and the Word of God.
In the light of His glory and grace,