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I know that some of my Facebook friends claim to be 15 – 20 books behind on their current reading. But here is another very good one I found at the regional Ligonier Conference: Christopher Ash’s, Listen Up! A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons (Surrey, UK: The Good Book Company, 2009). (Actually, it is a booklet, not a book, so it can be read in less than 60 minutes.) Ash gives some simple yet powerful thoughts about being an audience/listener that listens for the voice of God.
I would encourage you to get a copy and discuss it with four or five friends at your church or on your campus. For so often people come to sermons to listen for words to meet the current “relevant” need. But we should come listening to hear the voice of God and be obedient to whatever we hear. Ash helps us to learn to listen in a manner that we might get the most out of every message. He even has six pages dedicated to “How to Listen to Bad Sermons,” including sermons that are “dull,” “biblically inadequate,” or “heretical.” The final page gives “7 Suggestions for Encouraging Good Preaching”—seven practical things you could do each Sunday to encourage good preaching in your church. Order yours at WTS Books today!
Publisher’s Description: Why on earth does anyone need a guide on how to listen to sermons? Don’t we simply need to ‘be there’ and stay awake? Yet Jesus said: ‘Consider carefully how you listen.’ The fact is, much more is involved in truly listening to Bible teaching than just sitting and staring at the preacher. Christopher Ash outlines seven ingredients for healthy listening. He then deals with how to respond to bad sermons – ones that are dull, or inadequate, or heretical. And finally, he challenges us with ideas for helping and encouraging our Bible teachers to give sermons that will really help us to grow as Christians.
- Where does the authority of a Bible teacher come from?
- Why is Bible teaching offensive?
- Why is it important to hear Bible teaching in church?
- How can we actually enjoy Bible teaching more?
These (and more) are the questions answered by this practical guide, which includes effective, hands-on suggestions for implementing each idea. All with the aim of helping us learn how to listen properly, so that through His word, God will make us more and more Christ like.
31 Pages Published 2009
About the Author: Christopher Ash is the Director of the Cornhill Training Course in London, England.