I have written an outline about how I write a sermon. So I thought it might be helpful to write a brief guide on how to LISTEN to a sermon.
I would not fill this out until the sermon is finished. Then before too much time goes by, answer these questions:
Did the beginning of the sermon let you know where the preacher was headed?
Could you hear and understand the words without too much strain? Did the preachers voice sound like his or her normal voice?
What illustrations were used and how did they help your understanding of the point being made?
Was the sermon true to the text? That is, was the sermon really about the scripture read?
Did the sermon hold your attention throughout?
Was the preacher trying to inspire you, inform you, encourage you or scold you?
Was any humor used in an appropriate way?
Can you tell what the point of the sermon was in one or two sentences? Was it focused?
How did the sermon make you feel?
Was anything said in in the sermon that you did not already know?
Give the sermon a grade as to how it impacted you.
JOKE OF THE DAY
A few stupid things heard on TV news.
The long drawn out rubber workers strike ends
This album was recorded before Michael Jackson died.
HEADLINE: Union, School Board butt heads.
Finally, the weather man reported that the snow fall had caused some damage but, “there were no serious fatalities!”