“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)
God intends for us to grow in our walk with Him each day. He wants our faith in Him to increase, but that only comes from hearing His Word. Here are five ways you can increase your faith and get the most out of each Sunday’s sermon.
PREPARE YOUR HEART BEFOREHAND.
You will not get anything out of the sermon if your heart is not ready to receive it. Therefore, prepare your heart before you ever get to church. Ask God to speak to you through His Word.
PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR.
Your pastor needs
DON’T BE DISTRACTED.
During the sermon, Satan will do 1001 things to distract you from God’s Word. And the further back in the church you sit, the more distracted you will become with babies crying, toddlers playing, and with people in general. One great way to stay focused is by taking notes of the sermon.
APPLY IT TO YOUR LIFE.
There is a message in each sermon for you. Look for it. What is the take-away from your pastor’s message? What lesson is there that applies to your life? Ask God to reveal it to you.
MEDITATE ON IT DURING THE WEEK.
Don’t let the sermon die once you leave the service. Take it with you! Use the notes you took as a start to the next week’s daily devotions. Meditate on the scripture and think through the points of the sermon while you work. This will plant the seeds of God’s Word further down in your soul.