How to get the most out of a Sermon (Sermon)
It’s a strange topic for a sermon. In fact, this isn’t really a sermon. It’s a talk about sermons. If you’ve ever wondered what sermons are, why we listen to them, or if you struggle to connect or engage, then this is for you.
Let’s say you attend worship services for 20 years. Even if you only attend half the time, that’s 520 sermons and about 13,000 minutes of preaching! Don’t you want to make the most of it?
Along with things like Bible-reading and prayer, preaching is a “means of grace.” It can be, with the Spirit’s help, a channel of God’s divine generosity, guidance and help in our lives. And this is true whether the preacher is eloquent or cumbersome, old or young, or long- or short-winded.
This talk highlights Nehemiah 8:1-12 as an example of proactive attentiveness, highlights four important mindsets for us to have, and offers eight practical suggestions to get the most out of a sermon.
Listening to a sermon is proactive, not passive. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”