Saturday, June 7, 2008

How Do You Prepare to Hear the Word of God on Sunday?

I read this sermon from Luke 8 by John Piper a while back and looked back over it today. Piper gives 10 exhortations to help you prepare for corporate worship. I've found them very helpful.

1. Pray that God would give you the good and honest heart described in verse 15
2. Meditate on the Word of God. Read portions of your Bible with a view to stirring up hunger for God
3. Purify your mind by turning away from worldly entertainment
4. Trust in the truth that you already have
5. Get a good night's rest on Saturday night
6. Forebear one another without grumbling and criticism
7. Come in a spirit of meek teachability
8. Be still as you enter the room and focus your mind's attention and heart's affection on God
9. When the worship service begins, think earnestly about what is sung and prayed and preached
10. Desire the truth of God's Word more than you desire riches or food

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