Being a Diligent Listener

This week, Tim Challies at ChalliesDotCom wrote a creat post entitled Being a Diligent Listener. We often concentrate on how good the preacher is, but Tim points out how important the way we listen is:

The church has no place for an audience. We are all to be involved in the preaching, even as listeners. We may drive home on Sunday muttering about the pastor’s lack of preparation after a less-than-engaging sermon, but how often do we drive away reflecting on our own lack of preparation? How often should we trace our lack of learning or our lack of engagement right back to our own lack of preparation?

He points to 8 areas in which our action effect the impact of the Word on our lives:

Weekly Preparation
Physical Preparation
Personal Preparation
Spiritual Preparation
Pay Attention
After the Service
Pray For Application
Be Bereans

I’ve printed out a copy of this post and stuck it on my wall to remind me of its’ message. Please take a few minutes to read it for yourself.

Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.

Psalm 119:18

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