How have you received the sermons that have been preached to you? The issue for any hearer is one of acceptance.
In Act 2:41 Luke, the first church historian, summarizes the response of Peter’s audience with the following words.
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acceptance of truth led to action. So what responses do congregations express after sermons?
- A polite ‘thank you’
- Anger – I’ve known of people to walk out of churches angered by the truth which has convicted them
- A rebellious sigh – Have you heard of the hymn ‘Spirit of God descend upon my heart?’ One verse speaks of ‘the rebel sigh’ an exhaled ‘so what?’ or ‘I know what the Bible says BUT…’
- Some respond with prayerful acceptance which translates into action
- I’m sure you could add to this list
The second last option (above) is the response God seeks for His word by His children.
Ponder what Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church after being with them only a few short weeks.
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it NOT as the word of men, but AS IT ACTUALLY IS, the WORD of GOD, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thess 2:13
O may I learn to receive God’s Word in this way every time He blesses me with the opportunity to hear it proclaimed!