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Title: How to Listen to a Sermon (Part 2)

How to Listen to a Sermon (Part 2)
  • Matthew 131-9

  • The 1000s of sermons youll listen to
    what youre listening to (Gods Word)
    why youre listening (as an act of worship)
    the God-ordained ministry of preaching
    the authority of the preacher as a herald and
    steward the preparation done by the
    preacher for your benefit and Gods glory
    we need to learn how to listen to sermons

Reverence for Gods Word
  • 1 Thus says the Lord, Heaven is My throne and
    the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house
    you could build for Me? And where is a place that
    I may rest? 2 For My hand made all these things,
    thus all these things came into being, declares
    the Lord. But to this one I will look, to him
    who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who
    trembles at My word. (Isaiah 661-2)

Reverence for Gods Word
  • Man will not live on bread alone, but on every
    word that comes from Gods mouth. (Matt. 44
    Deut. 83)
  • Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of
    the word, so that by it you may grow in respect
    to salvation. (1 Peter 22)

The Sower and the Soils
  • 1 That day Jesus went out of the house and was
    sitting by the sea. 2 And large crowds gathered
    to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and
    the whole crowd was standing on the beach. 3 And
    He spoke many things to them in parables, saying,
    Behold, the sower went out to sow 4 and as he
    sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the
    birds came and ate them up.

The Sower and the Soils
  • 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they
    did not have much soil and immediately they
    sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6
    But when the sun had risen, they were scorched
    and because they had no root, they withered away.
    7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns
    came up and choked them out. (Matthew 131-7)

The Sower and the Soils
  • And the one on whom seed was sown among the
    thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and
    the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of
    wealth choke the word, and it becomes
    unfruitful. (1322)

The Sower and the Soils
  • 8 And others fell on the good soil and yielded
    a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some
    thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.

The Sower and the Soils
  • 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the
    good soil, this is the man who hears the word and
    understands it who indeed bears fruit and brings
    forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some

The Sower and the Soils
  • Same seed, different results
  • Controlling factor the character of the soils

The Sower and the Soils
  • Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in
    accordance with kindness. Break up your fallow
    ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He
    comes to rain righteousness on you. (Hosea 1012)

The Listeners Body
  • Get to bed early on Saturday night
  • The principle of preparation (Ex. 19, Josh. 3,
    7, Matt. 2762 Luke 2354)

The Listeners Body
  • Preparing the heart is the most important matter
    of all, for the Lords Day is preeminently a
    day for heart-work. From this point of view,
    the battle for Sundays is usually won or lost on
    the previous Saturday night, when time should be
    set aside for self-examination, confession, and
    prayer for the coming day. Richard Baxters young
    peoples fellowship used to spend three hours
    each Saturday evening preparing together for the
    Sunday gathering in this wayWe must get up on
    Sunday mornings in time to prepare our hearts
    afresh to praise and pray and hear Gods Word
    preached. J. I. Packer, A Quest for

The Listeners Body
  • Rest well so that you can give God your best
  • We should be sure to get enough sleep. Then in
    the morning our first prayers should be directed
    to public worship, and especially to the
    preaching of Gods Word. If the body is well
    rested and the soul is well prepared, then the
    mind will be alert. Good preaching appeals first
    to the mind. After all, it is by the renewing of
    our minds that God does his transforming work in
    our lives (see Rom. 122). So when we listen to a
    sermon, our minds need to be fully engaged.
    Philip Ryken

The Listeners Body
  • Rest well so that you can
  • Get here on time

The Listeners Body
  • 6 A son honors his father, and a servant his
    master. If I am a father, where is the honor due
    me? If I am a master, where is the respect due
    me? says the Lord Almighty. It is you, O
    priests, who show contempt for my name. But you
    ask, How have we shown contempt for your name?
    7 You place defiled food on my altar. But you
    ask, How have we defiled you? By saying that
    the Lords table is to be despised. 8 When you
    bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not
    wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased
    animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to
    your governor! Would he be pleased with you?
    Would he accept you? says the Lord Almighty.

The Listeners Body
  • 9 Now implore God to be gracious to us. With
    such offerings from your hands, will He accept
    you?says the Lord Almighty. 10 Oh, that one of
    you would shut the temple doors, so that you
    would not light useless fires on my altar! I am
    not pleased with you, says the Lord Almighty,
    and I will accept no offering from your
    hands. (Malachi 16-10)

The Listeners Body
  • Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who
    despise Me will be despised by Me. (1 Samuel
  • The king said to Araunah, No, but I will surely
    buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer
    burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me
    nothing. (2 Samuel 2424)

The Listeners Body
  • 11 My name will be great among the nations
    says the Lord Almighty. 12 But you profane it by
    saying of the Lords table, It is defiled, and
    of its food, It is contemptible. 13 And you
    say, What a burden! and you sniff at it
    contemptuously, says the Lord Almighty. When
    you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals
    and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept
    them from your hands? says the Lord.

The Listeners Body
  • 14 Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable
    male in his flock and vows to give it, but then
    sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I
    am a great king, says the Lord Almighty, and my
    name is to be feared among the nations.
    (Malachi 111-14)

The Listeners Body
  • For the lips of a priest should preserve
    knowledge, and men should seek instruction from
    his mouth for he is the messenger of the Lord of
    hosts. (Malachi 27)
  • Get rest
  • Get here on time so that you can offer to God
    your best

The Listeners Head
  1. Remove distractions from your mind
  2. Listen carefully to understand the meaning of the

The Listeners Heart
  • Guard your heart
  • Listen with a worshipful heart (God-centered)
  • Listen for your own spiritual growth
  • Pray beforehand to prepare your heart for worship
  • Listen with faith and expectancy
  • For indeed we have had good news preached to us,
    just as they also but the word they heard did
    not profit them, because it was not united by
    faith in those who heard. (Heb. 42)

The Listeners Hands
  • Take notes (if that doesnt distract you)
  • The main benefit that is obtained by preaching
    is by impression made upon the mind in the time
    of it, and not by the effect that arises
    afterwards by a remembrance of what was
    delivered. - Jonathan Edwards
  • Bring your own Bible
  • Apply the passage to your life

The Listeners Hands
  • Sermon Bulletin
  • Your responsibility, by Gods enabling, is to
    consistently apply the divine principles and
    truths you have heard (Phil. 2 1 Tim. 47-9
    Jam. 122-27). As you meditate on this message,
    ask yourself these questions
  • How does God want my beliefs or actions to
  • How can I accomplish this change?
  • What is the first step toward bringing about this

The Listeners Hands
  • 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and
    not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For
    if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
    he is like a man who looks at his natural face in
    a mirror 24 for once he has looked at himself
    and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what
    kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks
    intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty,
    and abides by it, not having become a forgetful
    hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be
    blessed in what he does. (James 122-25)

How to Listen to a Sermon
  • Before
  • Get enough rest
  • Pray to prepare your hearts
  • Come on time
  • During
  • Remove distractions from your mind
  • Listen carefully with a God-centered heart and
    for your own spiritual growth
  • Listen with faith and expectancy.
  • After
  • Apply the passage
  • Talk about the message with someone

How to Listen to a Sermon (Part 2)
  • Matthew 131-9