Listening to the Sermon

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 1:1-4

In due time [God] revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by . . . God our Savior. (v. 3)

Growing up in a pastor’s home, it was imperative that I behaved properly during the Sunday worship service. I would face serious consequences if I misbehaved during the sermon. Now that I am older, I still listen carefully to the sermon—but for a different reason. I listen because, according to this verse, the Word of God is manifested (made clear or known) through preaching.

The preaching of the Word of God is the vehicle through which God has chosen to make his truth known to us. Preaching is a calling for some in the church, and a gift to all in the church. By receiving this gift, we are privileged to learn what God wants for our lives.

Today, many prefer to critique the sermon and catalogue the pastor’s shortcomings instead of listening to God’s Word. We often make judgments based upon how entertaining the preacher is rather than whether he faithfully proclaims the Word. Of course, we all appreciate listening to someone who is skilled in the preaching craft. But above all else, we should appreciate the gift that is the faithful preaching of God’s Word.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for manifesting your Word through preaching. Thank you for those who share this gift with me.