I’ve heard it said that most in our Christian circles are “fed” with the Scripture, to the point that we have become “fat” after all the preachings and sermons we have heard. I believe this is incredibly true, as we put more focus on our attendance of meetings and listening to sermons than applying what we hear to our lives. We tend to automatically assume what is being said has no specific relevance to our life.
I say that to lead into this point:
When hearing sermons/messages, do we filter what is said through the speaker (who is a human with flaws but used of God for His glory) and not examine and prove/disprove what is said according to the standard that is the Scripture?
Our example should be the Bereans. Their story is found in Acts 17.
Verse 11 reads, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Paul and Silas came to Berea on Paul’s second missionary journey, which is believed to have taken place between 50 and 54 A.D.
They were found to have “more noble character” because of their eagerness to not only hear the Word that was spoken, but also to test what they heard and find it in the Scriptures.
My point is simply: When we hear a sermon or message from the Word of God through His messengers, do we approach it through the lens of understanding that God uses His servants, though they may be flawed and full of sin, to send His message? And that though we may not favor the speaker for whatever reason, the Word being spoken just may apply to us?