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What Does One Do After Hearing God’s Word Preached?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Our brothers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church have written a wonderful response to this question, which can be accessed at this link. The author of this article holds tight to encouragement we receive in the book of James and that we be “doers of the Word.” When I remember, I pray at our dinner meal that we would “not allow His Word to return to Him void” (Isaiah 55). The author of this article also writes, “it is imperative that those who have heard the Word of God respond to it.” He offers several good applications following a sermon,

  • do nothing that will have the effect of taking away from you or from others the impact of the Word preached.
  • Speak with others (Mal. 3:16a) about what you have learned from the sermon, how you have been convicted of failings, how you have been helped, or how you have been prompted to change. The ministry of the Word continues through you, as you tell others about what God had done for you under this most important means of grace.
  • Continue your discussions on the way home and at your lunch table. Christ’s will is that you and others be changed by the Word preached.

Whatever you do, don’t let the work of the sermon end with the minister’s closing prayer!

For Reflection

  1. What is the main thing Christ would have me do as a result of the sermon?
  2. How am I doing it? How am I helping others to do it?
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Parker permalink
    Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:04 am

    Should we immediately(or shortly after the preached sermon) share what we “have learned from the sermon, how you have been convicted of failings, how you have been helped, or how you have been prompted to change” with others(excepting spouse and children)? Or would it be more appropriate to take some time to examine ones own thoughts and understanding in light of what was preached before sharing with others.

  2. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:16 am

    Dear Mr. Parker,

    I believe it is possible to do both. What a wonderful opportunity one can have by asking another brother how has a sermon affected them and then in turn that starting a thought in one own’s head and allowing the Spirit to further flesh it out. Most folks generally do not think much of the sermon and if not challenged by another immediately, may forget to even reflect on it. Then there are those who often speak to quickly of their reaction and should have allowed more time to allow their thought to transpire prior to communicating it.

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