A lot of church’s like to provide an outline of the sermon in their bulletin. Certainly nothing wrong with that, but that is something I don’t do. Let me tell you why. The reason I don’t do that is because I do not want people writing down what I say. “You mean you don’t say anything worth writing down?” Yes, but I have been learning that what you hear doesn’t do you a whole lot of good. If what you heard did you a whole lot of good, you’d be a whole lot better a person than you are, because you’ve heard a lot of good stuff haven’t you? That’s right!
Instead of writing down your pastor says tomorrow, I want to encourage you to write down what you hear the Spirit saying to you as a result of what he says. If you do that, I guarantee that you’ll get more out of this sermon than your pastor could ever hope to put in it.
Oh beautiful! Amen. That is exactly what I do, just close my eyes and feel the music. Really delightful and amusing when a Pastor goes, “wait, I don’t really remember saying any of that…”
If it is something God has clearly been speaking to me about already, I will generally start giggling when His synchronicity reveals itself, a delicate matter, least the Pastor think you are actually laughing at him 🙂
I kid you not, I met my current Pastor after having just cleaned a rather nasty house with a yellow kitchen sponge, and I was asking God for a sign, for some indication this was the right church to be in. Seriously, the first words out of that man’s mouth were, “you know those yellow kitchen sponges that smell so bad? Some Christians can be like that, they’ve just never been wrung out and all that stagnant water just begins to sour and smell.”
Now that’s a sign. 🙂
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Lol! That’s priceless. God loves doing things like that. I have to say, I’m not surprised that you already do that. I remember telling this at a church I was speaking at this summer that did the outline thing. You should have seen all the light bulbs that went off when I told them that they should be listening to what the Spirit says to get the most out of the message.