January 27, 2019 – Baptist Messenger –
Much time and energy is invested in helping preachers preach better sermons. This is well-placed since the Bible exhorts pastors to make progress in their preaching (1 Tim. 4:15). However, while there is an emphasis on preaching sermons, less is said about listening to sermons.
We know how valuable physical hearing is, especially the older we get. Vital information can be missed, and we suffer accordingly when we don’t hear the things that we need to hear. The same is true spiritually. “According to our hearing, so shall the state of our souls be to eternity” (David Clarkson).
The Bible has much to say about our spiritual hearing. “…Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them” (Deut. 5:1). These words of Moses are representative of many other places in Scripture (Ps. 81:8,13; Matt. 17:5). Jesus stressed the importance of hearing when he taught “Take care then how you hear…” (Luke 8:18).
Given the importance placed on listening by God in His Word, here are some ways in which we can listen better to sermons:
Listening Seekers, what are your thoughts?