How to listen to sermons

We expect preachers to get some training on how to prepare and preach their sermons but what about training on how to listen to sermons?  Whilst this should not remove responsibility from the preacher to train hard and work hard at this important task, it may help each of us to get more out of church and to be better fed.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to look at some different types of sermons and different situations and think about how to listen to them and respond to them well. Of course, my suggestions here will betray a view on how the preacher should be approaching the situation so this may also give opportunity for those of us who do preach to think about our responsibility too.

Here are some of the suggested sermon types and situations I am planning to look at. If you can think of anymore, please let me know.

How to listen to an expository sermon

How to listen to a doctrinal sermon

How to listen to a topical sermon

How to listen to a character study sermon

How to listen to an ethical sermon

How to listen to an evangelistic sermon (when I am already a Christian)

How to listen to a sermon for mature believers (when I am not yet a Christian)

How to listen to a sermon when I don’t feel like listening and/or when the preacher simply does not seem to engage me

How to listen to a sermon that is wrong!

How to listen to a sermon as a preacher

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