Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Snowman, you got your ears on?

A few weeks back I preached on the 4th Commandment and mentioned that "Sunday morning starts Saturday night," with the implication being an impetus to prepare for the Lord's Day/Sabbath.

Along those lines, I share the following from John Piper.

10 things you can do Saturday evening and Sunday morning in preparation for hearing the Word of God preached:
  1. Pray that God would give you a good and honest heart. (Lk 8:15; Ezek 36:26; Jer 24:7)
  2. Meditate on the Word of God. Read portions of your Bible with a view to stirring up hunger for God.
  3. Purify your mind by turning away from worldly entertainment. (James 1:21)
  4. Trust in the truth that you already have. (Jer 17:7-8)
  5. Get a good night’s rest on Saturday night.
  6. Forebear one another [before the service] without grumbling and criticism.
  7. Come in a spirit of meek teachability. (James 1:21)
  8. Be still as you enter the room and focus your mind’s attention and heart’s affection on God. (Ps 46:10)
  9. When the worship service begins, think earnestly about what is sung and prayed and preached. (1 Cor 14:20; 2 Tim. 2:7)
  10. Desire the truth of God’s Word more than you desire riches or food. (Ps 19:10-11; Pr 2:3-5)
~From the Sermon, "Take Care How You Listen" – Part 2 on Luke 8:4-18 (February 22, 1998).

Any other suggestions?

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