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Room for reflection?
How do you reflect on what you are fed from God's word Sunday by Sunday? Do you reflect? Do you take notes during the sermon, if not how do you retain what is said from the pulpit? Do you retain it?

These are questions that I have often visited and revisited since becoming a Christian 14 years ago. I am thankful that my fisrt pastor encouraged me to take notes during the sermon from the very early days that I became a Christian.

Is it possible that the reason that we see so little growth in our lives is due to a lack of refection on God's word? Do we, like the society in which we live, simply move from one thing to the next without learning as we go?

Do we simply see the sermon as something that has to be endured as part of the service, without the realisation that God is actually likely to speak directly to us through it?

If this is how we are dealing with His word on a Sunday, is it likely that we will do the same on a daily basis also?

Is Christian growth, individually and collectively directly linked to reflecting on God's word? I belive that it is, as we hear, reflect and pray, we open ourselves to change that God can and will bring about by His Spirit, but we have to play our part!

Any thought?
Peter Carr 06/01/2012 12:43 Write a reply

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Penny Lee 06/01/2012 16:39
It a good question, Peter, and one which we should contemplate. I have never been good at sitting listening to someone talk for any more than a few minutes and so I have to really apply myself if I am to keep concentration. Even so, I can still lapse in and out of concentration. Obviously, it depends on what is being said and, if I know that the person preaching hasn't held my attention on previous occasions, I'm more likely to switch off right at the start. Occasionally, I hear them say something of value and zone in again.

I suppose when you have been listening to church sermons all your life, you hear the same things being said time and time again (nothing wrong with that if it's relevant) but it becomes even easier to switch off because of it.

It is also the case that if a person has a boring voice, or stutters their way through the sermon, this is not at all easy to listen to, even if what they are saying is if real value.

I guess I tend to listen more when the preacher is someone I already respect, has an interesting demeanour and gets straight to the point, resisting the temptation to keep labouring the point. I'd rather listen to ten minutes of preaching which relevant and had an obvious message than half an hour of repetitions which lost me within the first few minutes. subject matter will also make a difference as to how much we concentrate on what's being said. When it is someone which is directly relevant to your own life and situation, you tend to pay more attention to it.

I have heard you preach a couple of times Peter and I found you easy to listen to. I hope, like many ministers, you haven't since fallen into the trap of repetition, which is so easy to do but which is a complete turn-off for me. I just loathe little sayings and responses being trotted out week after week. It just seems so dead to me.
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