Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:21 that “it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” He reminded the Christians in verse 18 that “the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.” You see, God has chosen the act of preaching as the means of proclaiming His message. As a result, we are equipped by God to live the Christian life when we hear and heed to the preaching of His Word – “unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.”
Because of the importance God places on preaching, it is equally important that we prepare ourselves to get the most out of this time. Many Christians complain of not getting “fed” when they attend church. Could it be that we are not receiving the meal properly?
I want to share with you 6 practical ways to get the most out of preaching…
1. Give Your Undivided Attention.
Let’s be honest. You’re not going to get anything out of the preaching unless you have come to hear the preaching. When God’s man stands to proclaim God’s Word it is time to put away distractions that hinder us from receiving God’s message. It’s amazing how many people will make their weekly “to-do” list, text message, and work crossword puzzles during the preaching service. I’ve preached in places where the sound men were even watching the football game in the sound booth while the preaching was taking place. Listen, God is not going to work in your life through preaching unless He has your undivided attention. Put away the distractions.
2. Be Teachable.
We will never get anything out of the preaching if we do not come to the Lord’s House with a teachable spirit. So often we tune out the preacher when he turns to certain passage or gives a title that doesn’t sit with us well. None of us have arrived spiritually, and there is always something we can learn from the preaching of God’s Word. Be teachable!
3. Mark Your Bibles.
Someone once said “A Christian whose Bible is falling a part, probably has a life that isn’t.” If you’re going to get something out of the preaching of God’s Word then you must follow along in the Scriptures. Bring a pen or highlighter and underline, circle, and mark the significant words and phrases that God uses to speak to your heart. You’ll never cease to be amazed what God brings your memory when you simply mark your Bible.
4. Take Good Notes.
If you attend Laurel Baptist Church, you have no excuse for why you can’t take good notes. We provide space in your bulletin, Christian life journals are made available through our book store, and every sermon is clearly outlined on the screen during the preaching service. Make it a habit to jot down the outline, quotes, and areas that God challenges you through the preaching. Not to mention, it encourages the preacher when he knows the listeners desire to hear what he has prepared! Remember, “The weakest ink is better than the brightest mind.”
5. Respond During The Invitation.
God’s Word will always bring us to a point of decision. If you want to get the most out of the preaching time, then always be sensitive the leadership of the Holy Spirit. If God speaks to your heart, respond to the altar. I am convinced among our own congregation that those who walk with God the closest are those who are always at the altar! Respond during the invitation.
6. Reflect On The Message.
When the preacher has poured his heart out and the invitation has concluded, the message has not ended. Take what you’ve heard home with you. Read over your notes and the text that was preaching. Use this time to reflect on what God did in your life the preaching and commit to make a change as a result of His preached Word.
I am convinced if you put these 6 things into action you will be blessed by the preaching of God’s Word!