Do you have a hard time getting anything from sermons? Struggle to remember what was said? Don’t feel like you are learning? Let me offer two reasons why you may not be benefitting from the sermons.
You might have the wrong goal.
If you are going to church just to learn — repent. Too strong? I don’t think so.
You should be sitting under the preaching of God’s word to worship —to learn, yes!— but primarily to worship. If education is your end goal, you have your reward —a dry brain filled with theological zippity-do-dah. Your goal should be joy-filled worship over God’s truth. The gospel is the worship of God.
As a preacher, I don’t wan to be a pez-head, popping out little bars of truth. I’m laboring to put forth the glory of Christ and praying that he sets hearts ablaze for the fame of his name.
Sermons don’t change people. The Spirit does. And the Holy Spirit loves to uses sentences and words to flip the world upside down. That’s what I’m hoping for.
I’m all for learning. Learning that leads to worship. Learning isn’t mean to be a cul-de-sac; its own pat on the back. Phooey.
If you go to church to worship and not just learn — you’ve already learned a ton.
Remember, Satan knows a lot.
The chief end of a sermon is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Any other goal is all for naught.
You aren’t prayed up.
Maybe your pastor isn’t ___________ (insert favorite podcast preacher). They are probably ordinary — I’m ordinary. And I like Vanilla. But let’s assume you are under the preaching of a godly man; one who is prepping hard, sweating over an open Bible, and has a heart to the brim with prayers.
If you aren’t benefiting from the sermons and you have a godly pastor—uhhhm, you might be problem. Not him. If others are being blessed, growing, coming to faith in Jesus — your lack of enjoyment might be your own lack of preparedness.
- Are you praying Saturday night for God to move?
- Are you getting enough sleep before the Lord’s Day?
- Are you praying Sunday morning for God to save people?
- Are you praying for God to crack open you heart, reveal sin, and comfort you with his grace?
- Are you praying for joy in the gospel?
- Are you praying for your pastor? Praying for an unction of the Holy Spirit to be upon him as he preaches?
- Are you praying for revival to break out in your church?
If you find the sermons to be exciting as meatloaf, your prayers/heart for Sunday are the grid you are eating through. Your tastebuds aren’t ready. You could be served a Prime Steak, wrapped in bacon, and grilled to perfection and not enjoy it because your tastebuds have flown the cuckoo’s nest. They belong in the kiddie pool with a soggy pb & j.
Praise God that He is gracious. He sends the Spirit and blesses us, even when we didn’t have the sense to ask. Glory to God!
Try this on for size.
If you want more from your Sunday experience:
- Pray for yourself.
- Pray for others in attendance.
- Pray for your pastor.
Try it. Let me know what happens.