This past Sunday, I heard a good sermon. I even remember all three of the main points (that's about my retention capacity). I connected with the preachers passion and message. I felt inspired.
And now, it's the weekday. Time for reports, meetings, ancy customers, and everything in between.
Sermons have a low shelf life; here today, gone tomorrow (or the next day...or the next).
If I want to thrive as a disciple of Jesus Christ and be equipped for all the the 'trouble' a day can bring (Matt. 6:34), I need to walk with Him daily and maintain a balanced spiritual diet.
A lot of the Bible verses having to do with 'preaching' have some connection or reference to salvation.
Historically speaking, if we go as far back as the patriarch's and prophets, and all the way to the apostles and early Christians, those who were called to 'preach' the Word dedicated their lives to it. Before Christ, their main focus was to deliver to the people the message they received from God. After Christ, their mandate was to share the good news of salvation and make disciples (see Matthew 28:16-20)! This was the purpose for sermons. It's critical that we keep this in mind. (- See The History of Expository Preaching for more insight)
Sermons cannot, and were never intended to, replace the personal discipline of speaking to and listening to God.
What sermons are good (/best) for:
What sermons shouldn't be used for:
Devote yourself to God beyond just a good sermon that you heard in-person or on Youtube.
This is my simple suggestion as your brother in Christ:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. - (Acts 2:42)
Keep the Fire Burning,
Jesus Said So
Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily (emphasis mine) and follow me." - (Luke 9:23)
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