Snowman, you got your ears on?
I heartily recommend Thabiti Anyabwile's book, What Is a Healthy Church Member?
One of the things rarely mentioned in Christian literature is guidance for the church member with regard to his/her role in the preaching process. Thabiti addresses that topic in a chapter entitled, "A Healthy Church Member Is an Expositional Listener."
A few highlights:
"Expositional listening is listening for the meaning of a passage of Scripture and accepting that meaning as the main idea to be grasped for our personal and corporate lives as Christians."
What Are the Benefits of Expositional Listening?
- It cultivates a hunger for God's Word.
- It helps us to focus on God's will and to follow Him.
- It protects the gospel and our lives from corruption.
- It encourages faithful pastors.
- It benefits the gathered congregation.
How Can Church Members Cultivate the Habit of Expositional Listening?
- Meditate on the sermon passage during your quiet time.
- Invest in a good set of commentaries.
- Talk and pray with friends about the sermon after church.
- Listen to and act on the sermon throughout the week.
- Develop the habit of addressing any questions about the text itself.
- Cultivate humility.
- Buy the What Is a Healthy Church Member?
- See also Mark Dever, What Is a Healthy Church? (An appetizer)