In his little book on healthy church membership, Thabiti Anyabwile promotes expositional listening as the first mark of a healthy church member. He defines expositional listening this way: 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 (p. 20).
He gives six suggestions for cultivating this habit:
- Meditate on the sermon passage during your quiet time. FYI, tomorrow’s text is Galatians 5:13-15.
- Invest in a good set of commentaries. These would aid your study in your quiet time prep.
- Talk and pray with friends about the sermon after church. I supply discussion questions in every bulletin to help with this.
- Listen to and act on the sermon throughout the week. We upload the audio recording normally every Sunday afternoon after the message is given that morning.
- Develop the habit of addressing any questions about the text itself. Be active not passive in your reading and study.
- Cultivate humility. Beware knowledge puffing up as opposed to building up.
Will you seek tomorrow to develop this mark of a healthy church member? Pray that all who attend will.