Last Sunday we returned to Genesis and our series, A Faithful God for a Fallen People. If you weren’t able to be with us for the reading service, you can listen to it here.

This week Erik Thoennes will be preaching from Genesis 25:19-34. Once again, the Lord blesses a barren woman, this time Rebekah, with child – children, actually. Twins. But when Rebekah’s pregnancy gets rough, the Lord tells her it is a sign of what was to come.

“Two nations are in your womb,
And two peoples from within you shall be divided;
The one shall be stronger than the other,
The older shall serve the younger.”

The events of this week’s text are like the snowball that will become the avalanche of the next ten chapters.

These sermon prep posts are to help us grow to become more active and engaged participants in our weekly worship gatherings. It’s easy for us to slip into passive mode while listening to a sermon. How can we grow as sermon listeners?

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

This short post by Christopher Ash has some great reminders for us. Would you take a few minutes to read it and pray accordingly? Here are the bullet points, but I encourage to read the full explanation of each one in the article.

  1. Expect God to speak.
  2. Admit God knows better than you do.
  3. Make sure the preachers says what the passage says.
  4. Hear the sermon in church.
  5. Be there week by week.
  6. Do what the Bible says.
  7. Do what the Bible says today – and rejoice.