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How to Benefit from the Preaching of God’s Word

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To all of us, including our children, who regularly listen to the preaching of the Word of God, Puritan preacher Thomas Watson has some guidelines on how to benefit from the preaching of God's Word:

1. Prepare to hear the Word by bathing your soul in prayer.

2. Come to the Word with a holy appetite and a tender, teachable heart.

3. Be attentive to the preached Word.

4. Receive with meekness the engrafted Word (James 1:21).

5. Mingle the preached Word with faith.

6. Strive to retain what has been preached and pray about the Word proclaimed.

7. Put the Word into practice; be doers of it (James 1:22-25).

8. Beg the Spirit to accompany the Word with effectual blessing.

9. Familiarize yourself with the Word by sharing it with others.

THE BOOK OF PASTORAL RULE - PART 2

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Here's the summary of Part (Book) III and IV of the Book of Pastoral Rule by Gregory the Great (c.540-604)

Part III. How the Spiritual Director Who Lives Well Should Teach and Advise the Laity.

Prologue

No same exhortation is suited for everyone for everyone does not share the same quality of character, as an exhortation for a child may not be useful for a grown up. A wise pastor therefore must know how to adapt his teaching or sermon to the various groups of his audience so it can address specific needs without downplaying the communal edification of the saints.

39. The preacher should avoid preaching over the heads of his hearers but should aim for simplicity and clarity of doctrine and life application.

40. He should learn to live by example what he preaches. The flock hears louder the actions that the pastor shows than the words that he speaks.

Part IV. The Preacher Should Always Remember His Humble Beginning So He Does Not Become Proud in His Life or Preaching.

Pride is a con…