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Sermon Reflection - "The Expositional Listener"

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2 Timothy 3:1-4:5 - “The Expositional Listener”

"Preaching is the pinnacle of discipleship" where the local church can gather as one body to hear the Word of God.  We are called to listen for our discipleship, to defeat deception, and to be made alive by the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Truths from What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

Definition:  "Expositional listing is listening for the meaning of a passage of Scripture and accepting that meaning as the main idea to be grasped for our personal and corporate lives as Christians."

How to cultivate a habit of expositional listening?

  • Meditate on the sermon passage during your quiet time.
  • Invest in a good set of commentaries.
  • Talk and pray with friends about the sermon after church.
  • Listen to and act on the sermon throughout the week.
  • Develop the habit of addressing any questions about the text itself.
  • Cultivate humility.

Application Questions:

  • What is one application or truth you are going to meditate on this week and why?
  • Which one of Thabiti’s “habits” is most helpful to you?
  • How will you grow in expositional listening?


Listen Up: A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons by Christopher Ash

In 31 pages, Ash summarizes seven ingredients for healthy listening. This resource answers questions asked by Ash about effectively listening, while including effective suggestions for implementing his ideas. Each of his questions falls under the umbrella of making the reader more Christ-like.

Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

DeYoung provides eight succinct chapters on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture as well as "what that means for you and me."