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Why do you listen to sermons?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Thumbnail image for Robert4_image015.jpgAs my sabbatical is nearing its end my mind is returning to that which God has called me to do– primarily, preaching.  I’m currently reviewing all of the sermons that I’ve preached over the last decade and making observations so that I might continue to grow in my calling.  Also, I’m journaling, in conversation with God, around the question, “Why do I preach?”  

Which has me wanting to ask you a question:  Why do you listen to sermons?



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Alice

posted August 25, 2010 at 12:13 am


I listen to sermons with the hope that I will learn something new about God.



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Dominique Jones

posted August 25, 2010 at 12:36 am


I listen for better understanding and inspiration to study. Ive found that when a sermon is effective, it inspires me to want to learn more. I am only beginning in my knowledge of the bible, so I have been in some churches where the sermon is completely over my head and I leave confused instead of inspired. When I am given the word by someone who is gifted in its deliverance, my hunger for better understanding of the word lasts longer than Sunday morning. :)



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Nina

posted August 25, 2010 at 6:36 am


It gives me something more important than every day life to focus on each week. Sometimes I only half-listen because my mind is racing, but being in the presence of so many people worshipping lifts me up.



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Rebecca J. Schaefer

posted August 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm


I listen on the way to work via radio to start my day on a positive note. It reminds me that I’m connecting with people all over the globe who are hearing the Gospel message…a communion of saints thing!
If I’m absent from my home church family I listen to “catch up”, so I can be on the same page with the people that make up my community.



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Imagine

posted August 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm


I listen to grow in my relationship with Jesus Christ; to keep my vessel full of God’s life giving power in a world that drains my soul daily; to learn; and to stay focused on God. I find that God speaks to me through sermons…if several sermons by different preachers are saying the same thing to me then I know God is speaking directly into my life. To keep the Word pouring into me.



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Lynda Woodward

posted August 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm


I lissten because I feel the Lord is using the Pastor (you, Robert) as His instrument to call to His people, to draw them to Himself and teach us His ways, and how to be a follower of Jesus. I have felt the Holy Spirit many times during your sermons, sometimes moved to tears. You are the prime example of being God’s instrument in calling to us so that we in turn can respond. (Call and Response). And in turn seek the Plan the Lord has for us in His Kingdom, including His will here on earth– and bringing His Kingdom here where we are.



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Dotti

posted August 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm


I listen to sermons to learn more about Christ and to be inspired. Yours are always especially inspiring. I’ve recently been inspired to drawings for my website that will hopefully help or inspire others. I just started some Christmas cards & prints. I will be listing them as I get them finished.



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Amanda Fair

posted August 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm


I listen because I find this to be another form of worshiping God. To learn more about Him and discover what else needs to change in my life, actions, and thoughts in order to be more in tune with His will.



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Holly

posted August 29, 2010 at 1:53 am


I listen to sermons because sometimes I feel a lot like Martha might have felt. Tired. Frustrated. Distracted. Trying sooo hard to do the right thing.
I hunger for that opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet, to receive His grace and be reminded of His love.
I listen to sermons because sometimes I feel a lot like Peter might have felt. Confused. Uncertain. Trusting, and then afraid.
At times sermons have helped me to cling to hope and Truth when all around me I hear the wind and waves…or even a cock crowing.
I listen to sermons because sometimes I feel a lot like the Woman at the Well might have felt. Hemmed in by oppressive rules and traditions, and perhaps even her own choices…and then suddenly free.
Sermons challenge my thinking and encourage me to not mistake knowing about God for knowing God.
I listen to sermons because sometimes I feel like the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus. I enter the church building thinking I will sing some songs and hear a pastor preach a sermon, and then I’ll leave again. But somewhere in the midst of it all Jesus surprises me.
Sometimes I leave a church service feeling like Lucy may have felt after her first visit to Narnia. Amazed. Excited. Listening to a sermon is a part of an astonishing process of worship that happens as the community gathers together to meet with God. And on those days I want to run out and say to those around me–“It’s true, it’s true…come and see.”
Maybe that is why sometimes I feel like Eutychus. Was it the truth and beauty of the Gospel that kept him listening there, hour after hour? Was it conviction? Whatever it was, he knew his life would never be the same again.



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Solissea

posted August 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm


I listen to sermons for explanation,inspiration,interpretation, conviction, exhortation and confirmation.
If God can accomplish any one or more of the above in my life (according to my need at the time)through a sermon, then my spirit is nourished, my soul is refreshed, and I am better equipped for this walk of faith.
Uh, no pressure on any of the sermonizers though…. {{gulp}}



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Brad

posted August 30, 2010 at 2:57 am


If man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, then I expect sermons to be convicting teachings that, in a sense, spiritually feed a congregation. I emphasize the word “teaching” because that’s how I imagine Christ when I read his words in the gospel; they are words of a man who sought to uplift, not condemn, judge, or yell at people.
I also see ministers as shepherds among the flock of Christ. Sermons, then, are teachings that shepherds use to guide their flock in the direction that Christ desires for them to go, and sermons are teachings that encourage the flock (either collectively or individually) why it’s worth it to persevere in the midst of the tiring, stressful journey that is our existence here on Earth.



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frAT

posted September 8, 2010 at 11:49 am


I listen to hear from God.
I listen to learn, to gain and deepen my understanding of what God wants me to do, wants to do through me, wants to do with me.
I Listen to be encouraged, to be lifted above the everyday, and to be inspired in my approached to this journey that the Christian walk.
I listen because I enjoy the gift that is the preached word.
I consider a well constructed sermon to be like a well constructed musical compostion, a well executed solo within the larger worship experience.



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Tom Webb

posted September 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm


Sometimes the Lord speaks to my spirit through the words you speak. You just never know what medium the Lord will use to tell us what’s on his mind.



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Garymac

posted September 19, 2010 at 8:07 am


From listen to countless sermons over the years I have come to a point of how many life changing sermons does one have to endure to be saved? What I have come to realize is that we have to get out of that pew, our comfortable Eden, and till the ground ourselvs, and until one eat of that same Spirit that Jesus had one will never pick up that cross and continue where he left off.
I think preachers encourage people to sit in their environment under their laws for tradition and do not encourage them to go out do as the the are instructied to by the Christ. Most all preachers are so focused on presenting their opinions with elligance that Christ is overlooked completly in favor of pleasing an egos. The reason I can comment in such manner is I was one of them. but the moment Christ came to reside in me, Christ in me, anointed of Gods Spirit, only then did preaching tak a back seat for the living Christ. If we are not that person of Christ that Jesus came to teach us to be then we are bound to someone elses opinions and dependant on a man instead of Christ be in you. Let this same mind be in you who was in Christ Jesus. few who find His way.



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Jackie Barnett

posted September 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm


Those of us who know God and worship him already know that each sermon no matter who delivers it provides spiritual nourishment. This is a product that you can never get or have too much of. God’s teachings will always produce a positive aspect as for the God I serve, there is a concerted effort to be positive under any circumstances.



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John D.Jayakumar

posted September 20, 2010 at 4:06 am


I listen to a sermon for that one world/phrase/idea that is specifically meant for me. I believe God speaks to me even today through various means, but mainly thorugh a structured sermon series that follows Church’s liturgical calendar and unfolds God’s plan for today’s me.



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Carolyn

posted September 21, 2010 at 4:40 am


I go to church hungry for the Word of God. When I listen it is like reaching out to God. I have found that when I reach to God for understanding, He reaches toward me with His Mighty Hand of Grace. I try to do my part and He meets me half way!! He wants us to hunger for HIM. He gives us the gift of life so that we may Glorify Him by learning of His love for us. When I learn, I am filled !!! I will always hunger for more of my Creator !!! My task then is to go and carry His loving message to others. We must follow the Great Commission and be fishers of men. Then we will share eternity with God !!!



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Your Name

posted September 21, 2010 at 5:30 am


Growing up in a loving Christian family, and as, until about 1995, a member of the Uniting Church in Australia(1995-continuing), and Anglican, I’ve listened to many sermons(some better than others, mind you!!), and have been interested in their various understandings of the message of the social gospel.
Admittedly, over the years, there have been some, if you will pardon the term”G-d awful” ones, there have been, and continue to really inspire me. To get to the point, though, I would like to think(for me, anyway), that the sermon presented would be relevant to today’s changing world, make people open to other religious or otherwise understandings, in our changing world, including science.



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Adeyemi Salau

posted September 21, 2010 at 6:39 am


Faith Comes By Hearing and Hearing By the Word of God.
Romans 10:17



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Beverley Wren

posted September 21, 2010 at 6:55 am


I’m redeemed, born-again and complete in Christ my saviour.
I have absolute confidence that I belong to God through faith in the vicarious work of His son on the cross, according to the Word.
This word recommends that I do not neglect the fellowshipping of the saints together. I love to hear sermons on the new covenant and I find them more edifying and fulfilling than old covenant teaching.
Sermons bring about revelation that a fellow believer has received that I take to heart and check with the word as we do not individually have full revelation. Some revelation I do not agree with and take to the Lord in prayer and meditate over before I finally accept (or reject) what has been preached.



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Ed

posted September 21, 2010 at 8:02 am


Hearing the word of God through a sermon makes the past, present and future of God’s plan revealed to us. It may help with our own situations or lead us to bring comfort and love to someone else. Sermons stimulate our mind, heart and soul and help us in our growing process. Different sermons, different messengers and different times bring us a more complete knowledge of God’s holy word. Imagine life without the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. Sermons are part of the teaching and learning process Jesus commands in this passage. May God always be glorified through Christ Jesus our Lord! :>)



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Sharon

posted September 21, 2010 at 8:49 am


I have been a born again Christian since 1983 and I have heard hundreds of sermons, some were awesome, others not so much. Good sermons pull the pieces together and help me to see the bigger picture. They can explain principles and provide examples of how those priniples can be carried out in the 21 century. Teaching sermons show me how to understand the Bible for myself. Changes in culture make it hard to understand some things until we understand the cultural component.



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Elijah A, Alexander, Jr.

posted September 21, 2010 at 9:01 am


When I was a church attender what I wanted from sermons was Testimony of your life changing experience. When I was preaching in the organized church, not “the called out from” church, my messages were more to me than to the audience, when spoke words I hadn’t fulfilled I felt a hypocrite telling others to do what I hadn’t done.
An example was my first sermon, “My Paycheck,” where I used the analogy of working for the telephone company and being sent to the gas company to fix their phone. After fixing the gas company’s phone I don’t expect to get paid by them and then return to the phone company and get paid also, so If we are messengers for god we don’t expect to get paid by the receivers of the message and god also. We will carry our messages to those we are sent to and have god pay us for our service as he sees fit.
Another was when I was preaching “Follow Jesus” and used the game “Follow the Leader” in it. In the game, if one doesn’t do what they see the leader does they are out, so it is if church doesn’t do what the power we have will allow us to do Jesus did, we’re not saved. He had said “I am the way” so if we didn’t follow his lifestyle we’re out.
Those types of messages opened me to the realization of what god wanted me to do, and I would hope others as well although I haven’t seen anyone else follow them except me.



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TyeSand

posted September 21, 2010 at 9:37 am


To hear a good sermon gives me encouragement, it helps build faith.



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Linda "BumbleBee Nana" Ish 53_5 Prov 3:5-6

posted September 21, 2010 at 10:15 am


In preaching a Sermon, you are helping to witness, utilizing HIS greatest wealth for all to possess for the asking, & spreading life among the lost(or walking dead that know not)…THE LIVING WORD OF GOD…Breeds life & everyone should spread it!!! It’s an honor, privilege & responsibility.



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Shirley

posted September 21, 2010 at 10:29 am


I was raised in the church and involved by playing piano and organ and singing in the choirs. That being a constant, when I became a young adult, I rebelled from so much activity and became a party animal revelling in all the fun I thought I was missing. Now, in my later years, I am returning to the church and refreshing my bible knowledge. I must admit that I do not attend services as regularly as I should, but when I do it seems as though every sermon I hear is directed specifically to me. Sermons are God’s way of reaching out to everyone, teaching to us all and reassuring us of His great love for us.



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Clay

posted September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am


Sermons allow me to think outside my own box. Without the opinion of others, especially those who are educated in the field of religion, my viewpoints and beliefs could not expand. Sometimes listening to a sermon has allowed my thinking to go in more positive directions. I believe that people need to have their core beliefs with regard to faith, challenged, and listening to sermons allow us to focus on the important things with regard to what is going on in our lives…



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jane carlson

posted September 21, 2010 at 11:02 am


sermons help me to become more peaceful and less anxious, lately ive been listening to gospel on tv the tbn station when possible. there is something more uplifting about sermons and it helps me beecome a little more positive about things.



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Your Name

posted September 21, 2010 at 11:11 am


As sermons are the learning point, as well as the information being given in the sermon has a way of touching a perspective within each person as to what that person may need to hear and take away from the sermon. each of us has a calling to follow God or the Higher Power in which we believe. As long as we believe in God we are the Curch in which to carry out His message to the world. It is not just the listening with the ears that matters But the listening with the Heart that really makes a difference.



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Bob Roberson

posted September 21, 2010 at 11:25 am


When I am studying a passage, I like to listen/read a few sermons by others on this same topic rather than just read commentaries. I often receive much better insight into the passage. Additionally, listening to others helps me check my own thoughts. I am the first to confess that I do not have all understanding and the thoughts of others go a long way to helping me formulate what I believe.



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Peggy

posted September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am


I not only listen to sermons, but take notes. I have discovered that just like in school, (the teachers MADE you take notes so you remembered what was being said) IF you wirte it down it sticks with you longer. You remember it. It becomes a way of getting deeper into the word of God, through the scripture that the minister is using for his sermon. Then I go to my note takers Bible and re-write the notes (my perspective of what this minister was saying, trying to get across and how it can, will and does affect my life). They just help me get even closer/deeper in my walk with the Lord.



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Vicki

posted September 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm


When I pray I talk to God. When I listen or read a sermon God talks to me



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Doris Cabble

posted September 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm


At first, I listened to the sermon because I was told to as a child and then as I grew, I learned to listen because it was of interest to me as I was reading the Bible on my own and I did not understand all of it. The sermon gave me greater understanding and belief. That is why I listen to this day to the sermon.



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anna c

posted September 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm


I listen for edification, inspiration, knowledge, wisdom, spiritual sustenance, another more godly point of view, clarification of error prone thinking. I listen so i don’t misinterpret the scriptures. I listen to relate scripture to today’s life and demands and how to handle difficulties and even the boring and mundane things in life. I listen for tips on how to live, think, handle emotions, apply the word of God. I also listen to see if the pastor knows what he is talking about. Sometimes a little discernment can keep you from falling for a lot of malarkey. I listen to destroy my own prejudices and the limits of my thinking i impose on myself and have imposed on me. I listen for the guidance my parents and others can’t or won’t provide and guidance i know i can trust and believe. I also listen to see if the pastor needs anything like comfort, etc. I especially watch to see how effective he is with the congregation. If they don’t listen and learn and apply it, then he is wasting his breath. I listen for exhortaion and something to get me through the week. Manna from heaven.



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Linda

posted September 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm


I love listening to sermons especially when the minister is teaching the true word of God. In the church I attend our pastor always encourage us to take notes and go and research for ourselves what he talked about. Listening to the sermons help me with my daily Bible reading. I can read a chapter in the Bible many times and for some reason I still have not gotten the answer, but there are times when the pastor will teach on the same topic that I am reading and through him God answers my questions. He helps me to undertand and that is a big help in my spiritual life.



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SIS. Daniels

posted September 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm


Listening to sermons is help for my daily living, when my pastor reads from a chapter in the holy bible, then explain it to us it has effect my life @ one time or another, plus my weak areas in my life needs to be fed, by hearing what GOD holy instruction is for my life is very important to me. I always said GOD word is a road map to HEAVEN.



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Peggy

posted September 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm


I listen to receive instructions, correction, to get understanding,for inspiration, to acquire knowledge, wisdom,and to be spiritually fed. It helps me to know how to handle the difficulities in life and to relate those times to scripture. To get a better understanding of what I’ve read. To fill the void in my life. For encourgement and to hear that God loves me inspite of me. To make it though each second, minute, hour of the day and week. I write notes so that I can go back and refesh my mind, heart and soul. To help me live. For just reading on my own I will not can not get the full meaning of Gods most precious word.



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Donna

posted September 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm


I listen to sermons because I have learned that, at least for me, they almost always end up showing an insight to the particular challenge I’m trying to overcome at that moment!



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felicia

posted September 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm


I listen to sermon expecting to learn more of God and the word says that we should be ever learning with God all things are possible



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God's Precious Angel

posted September 22, 2010 at 9:49 am


I agree with Peggy-well all of you basically. The bible is our instruction for daily living. As children of God, we are going to go through things and sometimes sermons give the answers to what we are seeking. James Fortune’s song “I Believe” has been ministering to my situation that my husband and I are going through right now. So they do help and I thank the Lord for placing people in our lives that can give us His holy word, answers to what we are seeking, and instructions on what to do. Thank you Jesus!



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Robert J

posted September 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm


Sermons are best when they correlate the Bible with today’s world and help us in our daily walk with the Lord. It also reminds us to read the Bible for ourselves so that we too can be inspired by God and not just rely on a Preacher, Teacher or Minister to relay “The Message”.
A good sermon can be short and to the point and some can be a great story that needs more time, but most importantly don’t lose your audience by jumping all around on “Bunny Trails”.People get confused and then lose interest. Also, don’t just preach the “Milk”. We can all use some “Meat” once in a while. Milk is satisfying for the moment, but the meat stays with us longer.



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Nancy R

posted September 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm


I’m a senior citizen now but when I was young and working at my first job and very shy and intiminated by my boss and everyone I worked with, I remember a sermon on “the Lord is my salvation, of whom should I be afraid” I found a piece of paper and pencil in my purse and wrote this down and from that day I learned to live my life for My Lord and not for all the people around me. It was the start of a wonderful faith and relationship with God. It doesn’t happen overnight, it happens slowly and I’m still striving to learn as much as I can, but it is worth the journey. If you don’t listen to the sermons, you can miss some very good advise.



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Clydia Brown

posted September 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm


i listen to sermons for answers to problems I face in life and for comfort during trials



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GDSGRL1

posted October 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm


1st of all, if you are called to preach, you shouldn’t be questioning GOD because He knows what He’s doing. You shouldn’t have to ask Why Do I Preach. You know who created you and why you were created, to worship Him, and spread the Good News save souls. (2) We should listen to Sermons to keep us connected with God, Keep focused, practice what we learn, spread what we have learned so we can help save the next soul, make us strong in the Lord. The BIBLE says, “He that has an ear let him hear…” If we don’t hear the word, that won’t be an excuse when it’s Judgement Day. Not only are we to be hearers of the word, we are to be doers also. You can’t do what you don’t hear. If you don’t listen to Gods word and go the right way, your going to listen to something else and go the wrong way. The Word says to choice life or death.



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KellyH

posted May 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm


I never get the full message the first time through. Sometimes I need to hear them a couple of times to let it marinate into my soul. Besides, gotta get your reps in (my favorite one so far).

Kelly



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