We’ve covered a number of podcasts about how important it is for the pastor to preach well. Several podcasts back my cohost, Dan Stegeman and I, talked about how important solid, biblical Christ-centered preaching is to the life of the church. Today we discuss your role, the listener in the whole experience of preaching. What should we, the listener, do, before, during and following the Sunday sermon?
Consider this from the The Westminster Larger Catechism Q160: What is required of those that hear the word preached?
It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer examine: What they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives.
We hope, from this podcast, to elevate your responsibility to the pastor’s sermon as your way of helping deepen his commitment to bring each Sunday the deep experience of meeting the Living God through the exposition of the Word.