What does it take to be a faithful hearer and a faithful doer of God’s Word? If we’re talking about listening to and applying the Word as it’s proclaimed in a sermon, merely sitting in a pew doesn’t cut it. It takes work on the part of the listener before, during, and after the preacher preaches. It takes developing in yourself a healthy responsiveness, humble restraint, and holy resolve to be able to listen. It takes having a gospel-driven perseverance that guards you from a self-deceiving heart that would cause you to doubt, neglect, or forget what God’s Word tells you to do.
Part One: Listening to God’s Word
Part Two: Applying God’s Word
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.