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Active Listening

asleep3Many people sit in the pew on Sunday morning beginning with the good intention of listening closely to their pastor’s sermon. However, it is not to be – because the mind wanders here and there without regard to what is being said from the pulpit. If you really want to get something out of the preaching of God’s Word, you must be an active listener. You will never absorb God’s Word by osmosis. You must be committed to listening and learning the Word of God.

Begin to listen by thinking about the words your pastor is saying. Consider what God is saying through the words of the sermon. An active listener must be conscious and focused upon hearing the teaching of the Scripture.

A Christian does not simply attend church services because it is the right thing to do. He or she is thirsty and hungry to feast upon God’s Word. As someone starving focuses on the food set before him; the Christian seeks to fill himself with the spiritual things of God. Physical hunger drives us to eat a meal while spiritual hunger drives the Christian to devour the word of God at every opportunity.

When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is taught, if you have listened rightly – you will be guided in your understanding by the Holy Spirit. The sermon is so important and yet, how little do we prepare ourselves to listen. Pray to God for ears to hear.

Paul writes in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” If you would grow in faith, you must improve your hearing of the Word of Christ. Prepare your heart through prayer. Do not allow Satan to distract you with what other people are doing or by the distracting thoughts of your daily concerns.

To be a good listener; prepare your mind by reading the Bible daily. God’s written word will prepare your mind to receive the anointed preaching and teaching of the Gospel. A person who has listened closely does not walk out of church and then, later, fail to remember anything of significance the pastor said. Prepare yourself to listen before the pastor preaches. May God help us all to listen, understand, and do His Word on this Earth.

Samuel at Gilgal

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  1. “To be a good listener; prepare your mind by reading the Bible daily. God’s written word will prepare your mind to receive the anointed preaching and teaching of the Gospel. A person who has listened closely does not walk out of church and then, later, fail to remember anything of significance the pastor said. Prepare yourself to listen before the pastor preaches.”
    Amen. As a Pastor I do notice those who pay attention most read and pray the Word in their own private lives

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    • This is absolutely essential!

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