Last Sunday I asked folk in the church how their preparation for the sermon had been that week. It was a rhetorical question, I wasn’t expecting an answer.
But reading Michael Reeves book, “Spurgeon on the Christian Life: Alive in Christ”, there was a reference to the people at the Metropolitan Tabernacle praying for the sermon on the following Sunday. So if you are a Christian who is planning to be at a church service on Sunday, how is your preparation for the sermon going? Pray for the preacher to have faithfulness and wisdom as he studies and plans. Pray for your own receptivity. Pray for the Spirit to overrule and bring God glory whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the sermon.
And do read the sermon passage ahead of time if you know what it is going to be.
And If you want a guide as to how to listen to sermons, including bad ones, do get hold of “Listen Up!” by Christopher Ash which is short, easy to read, and excellent (there are one or two copies on BEC’s bookcase if you are at Bishopdown).