How To Get Something
Out Of The Sermon
How much do you get out of the preaching you hear each week? The word “sermon” is derived from a Latin word which means “a stab or a thrust.” It is also a relationship between the preacher and the listener. The preacher must spend considerable time in sermon preparation, in prayer and in conditioning his own heart to deliver God’s word. Nevertheless, if the sermon is to be helpful and effective, it requires some input on the part of the listener. Some things are necessary for the listener to do if he is to benefit from a sermon.
* Pray. Spend some time praying for the preacher and ask God to give you an open mind to receive the truths that are presented.
* Have Your Bible in Hand. Using your Bible will help you keep your mind on what is being said. It will also be helpful to make notes in the margin as you listen. You will be doing the same noble work as the Bereans (Acts 17:11).
* Take Notes. If you write the main points and key scriptures it will keep you focused on the sermon and help you better remember what you hear.
* Stay Awake and Alert. A failure to do so will cause loss to you as the hearer and may result in a misunderstanding of the message and the messenger.
* Listen Attentively. Samuel Johnson said, “The true art of memory is the art of attention.” It truly requires a lot of hard work to develop the art of listening.
* Judge the Content. Don’t waste your time criticizing the preacher’s mistakes in grammar, inflection, voice quality and style, Concentrate on what he is saying.
* Discuss the Sermon With Others. Discuss the sermon with members of your family or with friends, not critically but with a desire to profit from the discussion. Determine that you will put the things learned from each lesson into practice in your own life.
“…take heed therefore how ye hear…” – Luke 8:18
ONE YEAR TO LIVE
If I had but one year to live
One year to help, one year to give,
One year to love, one year to bless
One year of better things to stress;
One year to sing, one year to smile
To brighten earth a little while,
One year to sing my Master's praise
One year to fill with work my days;
One year to strive for a reward
When I should stand before my Lord,
I think that I would spend each day
In just the very self-same way;
That I do now, for from afar
The call may come to cross the bar,
At any time, and I must be
Prepared to meet eternity,
So, if I have but one year to give
A pleasant smile, a helping hand,
A mind that tries to understand
A fellow-creature when in need;
'Tis one with me - - I take no heed
But try to live each day He sends
To serve my gracious Master's ends.