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.