With a soul that is prepared, a mind that is alert, a Bible that is open, a heart that is receptive, and a life that is ready to spring into action.
So says Phil Ryken in a helpful article you can find here. And here’s a quote from Thabiti Anyabwile to remind you how to make your pastor’s day.
Few things are more discouraging or dishonoring to [faithful pastors] than a congregation inattentive to the Word of God. Faithful men flourish at the fertile reception of the preached Word. They’re made all the more bold when their people give ear to the Lord’s voice and give evidence of being shaped by it. As church members, we can care for our pastors and teacher and help to prevent unnecessary discouragement and fatigue by cultivating the habit of expositional listening.
I’m thinking this is something we could profitably make use on Sunday evenings. As mentioned in the video clip below, it comes out of the book The Trellis And The Vine, which I’m currently chomping my way through and which makes great reading.