We have spent the past three Sunday nights at my church talking about the importance of preaching in the Christian life. Obviously, this is a topic that I think about constantly as a pastor, but I think it has been very beneficial for our church to think through it as well. The three sessions were 1) What does the Bible consider “good preaching?” 2) Why listen to preaching? and 3) How do we listen to preaching?
For the last night, I typed up a A Sermon Listener’s Guide for our members, questions to ask themselves and their families after the weekly sermon. Hopefully, they will also be useful in beginning conversations about spiritual things with one another throughout the week. I printed these on a half sheet of paper that can fit in a Bible, handed them out, and went over them all last night. You are welcome to download the file from the above link, but I have listed them below also. I pray the Lord will use these to further the ministry of his Word among us.
A Sermon Listener’s Guide
What was the biblical text of the sermon?
Do I better understand this passage now than I did before?
What was the main point or main points of the sermon?
How did this message teach me about Christ and the Gospel?
What truths do I need to believe because of this sermon?
What application points were made in this sermon?
What further personal application can I make for myself?
What actions am I called to take this week because of this sermon?
How did this sermon rebuke me or convict me of sin?
How did this sermon bring me joy and hope?
What questions do I still have about the biblical text or the sermon?
How will this message impact my praying this week?
Was I able to receive this word with gladness and a clear conscience, or is there some sin or distraction in my life that robbed me of the joy of hearing God speak to me?