Expository Listening: Honoring God by Hearing and Doing His Word

God is most honored when your life lines up wholly with His Word and His Word is lived out practically in your life (Titus 2:5,8,10). Your life makes God and His Word either look good or bad. Nothing brings greater reproach on God and His Word than when those who profess to be Christians don’t live according to the principles of God’s Word. It causes people to conclude, ‘If that’s what comes out of going to church and hearing all those sermons from the Bible every day, then I don’t want anything to do with the Bible.’ But when others perceive that hearing and putting into practice biblical preaching has had a life-changing effect on you, that wil pique their interest and give you an opportunity to share with them the truth of God’s Word and how they too can honor God with their life (Matt.5:16; 1 Pet.2:12). In this way, good listeners multiply themselves, as the seed of the Word reaps a bountiful harvest.

Realizing that the reputation of God and His Word are at stake should provide all the incentive you need to carefully listen to and live out every sermon you hear so that your life accurately reflects what the Bible teaches.

But for added “punch” the author includes this “stirring exhortation” of Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs to his congregation at the end of Sunday sermon,

I beseech you, brethren, in the name of Jesus Christ this morning that you who are hearers of the Word would glorify the Word, and glorify the name of God in the Word. Oh, that not one of you would be a disgrace or shame to the Word of God! …You should rather think thusly: ‘It would be better for me that I should die, and that I were under the ground and rotting there, than that the Word of God should ever be disgraced by me….’ If ever you have gotten any good by the Word, you should go away with this resolution: ‘I will labor all the days of my life to honor this Word of God that I have gotten so much good by.’ If this were but the resolution of every one of your hearts this morning, it would be a blessed morning’s work.’

expository-listening-ramey-2010Taken from chapter 6 of Ken Ramey’s book, Expository Listening: A Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word , (Kress Biblical Resources, 2010). This chapter treats James’ teaching to the first-century church in James 1:19-25 and is titled “Practice What You Hear” (pp85.ff.). We considered an earlier part of this chapter in August but this ending was also worth quoting.

Shall we remember to listen this way on the morrow and live this way in the week to come?

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