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Listen Up!

Listen Up!

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Why on earth does anyone need a guide on how to listen to sermons? Don't we simply need to 'be there' and stay awake? Yet Jesus said: 'Consider carefully how you listen.' The fact is, much more is involved in truly listening to Bible teaching than just sitting and staring at the preacher.

Christopher Ash outlines seven ingredients for healthy listening. He then deals with how to respond to bad sermons - ones that are dull, or inadequate, or heretical. And finally, he challenges us with ideas for helping and encouraging our Bible teachers to give sermons that will really help us to grow as Christians.

Where does the authority of a Bible teacher come from?
Why is Bible teaching offensive?
Why is it important to hear Bible teaching in church?
How can we actually enjoy Bible teaching more?

These (and more) are the questions answered by this practical guide, which includes effective, hands-on suggestions for implementing each idea. All with the aim of helping us learn how to listen properly, so that through His word, God will make us more and more Christ-like.

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About "Listen Up!"

Why on earth does anyone need a guide on how to listen to sermons? Don't we simply need to 'be there' and stay awake? Yet Jesus said: 'Consider carefully how you listen.' The fact is, much more is involved in truly listening to Bible teaching than just sitting and staring at the preacher.

Christopher Ash outlines seven ingredients for healthy listening. He then deals with how to respond to bad sermons - ones that are dull, or inadequate, or heretical. And finally, he challenges us with ideas for helping and encouraging our Bible teachers to give sermons that will really help us to grow as Christians.

Where does the authority of a Bible teacher come from?
Why is Bible teaching offensive?
Why is it important to hear Bible teaching in church?
How can we actually enjoy Bible teaching more?

These (and more) are the questions answered by this practical guide, which includes effective, hands-on suggestions for implementing each idea. All with the aim of helping us learn how to listen properly, so that through His word, God will make us more and more Christ-like.
- Koorong

Meet the Author

Christopher Ash

Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust as Director of the Cornhill Training Course. He is author of Marriage; Married for God; Out of the Storm and Teaching Romans (2 volumes). He is married to Carolyn and they have three sons and a daughter.

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4 stars By Rob, Dec 28 2012
I think this booklet will cause people to think differently about preaching. It gives seven short (2 page) comments on how to listen to a sermon well. Ash starts each chapter with a story of two fictious people who illustrate what he wants to say in that section. I think many of the points he makes are important and will help people listen better to the Bible being taught (Be there week by week, Check the preacher says what the passage says etc.). I think he reacts too strongly against listening to sermons in contexts other than in church week by week - his tirade against people listening to podcasted sermons needs some footnotes to explain what he means (I think he means, don't listen to podcasted sermons and ignore what happens in your own church). The final sections (how to get something out of a bad sermon, how to encourage preachers are equally helpful.
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Don't make the preacher do all the hard work, learn to listen effectively
5 stars By Joel Radford, Nov 20 2012
Most Christians recognise the importance of church. They also usually recognise the importance of hearing a sermon at church. And while there are many books written on how to preach, very few books are written on how to listen to preaching.

Ash's Listen Up! is really covering a gap in the marketplace of Christian books and it covers the gap well. The book gives us seven ingredients for healthy sermon listening:
(i) expect God to speak;
(ii) admit God knows better than you;
(iii) check the preacher says what the passage says;
(iv) hear the sermon in church;
(v) be there week by week;
(vi) do what the Bible says;
(vii) do what the Bible says today - and rejoice!

Each 'ingredient' is carefully explained and then followed by practical steps for adding the 'ingredients' into your listening arsenal. At the end of the book is advice on how to listen to bad sermons and how to encourage good preaching.

The book is easy to read and has colourful highlighting of keywords and matching cartoons. It is also not really a book but a booklet (31 pages) which doesn't daunt the timid reader. I know this from experience as I gave copies as a gift to all our church members last year and received good feedback from the most unlikely readers.

Buy a copy of Listen Up! and begin listening more effectively this coming Sunday (and because it so cheap buy a second copy and give it to a friend). 
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  • Catalogue Code 292095
  • Product Code 9781906334673
  • ISBN 1906334676
  • EAN 9781906334673
  • Pages 32
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Good Book Company, The
  • Publication Date Jan 2010
  • Sales Rank #90123
  • Dimensions 203 x 142 x 5 mm
  • Weight 0.066kg

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