Expository Listening – Welcoming the Word

“…if you are like most Christians you listen to at least one or two sermons a week. Let’s say you came to Christ at age ten and you live to be seventy-five. If you average two sermons a week you will listen to over seven thousand sermons during the course of your life. And at the end of your life you will stand before God and give an account for every sermon you heard. On that day, God will essentially ask you, “How has your life changed as a result of the thousands of times you have heard My Word preached?” So we see that it is vital that you are ever welcoming the Word of God and diligently seeking to put what you hear into practice, thus proving “yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).” (page 5)

“congregations never honor God more than by reverently listening to His Word with a full purpose of praising and obeying Him once they see what He has done and is doing, and what they are called to do.” (Page 7)

“…when you consider that the number of listeners far exceeds the number of preachers and even more when you realize that the Bible says more about the listener’s responsibility to hear and obey the Word of God than it does about the preacher’s responsibility to explain and apply the Word of God…based on the sheer amount of biblical references to hearing and listening it is unmistakable that God is just as, if not more, concerned about how listeners listen (as compared to how preachers preach)” (page 3)


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