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How Do You Learn In Church

In your individual churches when the pastor is preaching the sermon do you a. take notes, b. follow his thread and texts in the bible, or c. just sit and listen? Is there any particular encouragement or discouragement to the first two by the pastor or others?

Moderator - Listen because that is how I am wired. Probably 90% in my church do a. and b.

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---Emcee on 2/4/08

Different preachers have different styles, and what works in helping you follow one may not work with another.

But another way we learn in chuch is through the hymns and music--and some of them teach rather weird stuff, I regret to say.
---Jack on 2/4/08

I take notes sometimes but I find it a bit distracting to me.When I am writing one point the pastor is moving on to another point and that keep me writing and unable to listen as I would like to. I would prefer to write the scriptures down to read later and just sit and listen to the preacher. Or buy the CD or taped sermon at the church, to listen to later. Or bring your own tape recorder and tape the sermon to listen to later, at home.
---Robyn on 6/18/07

I say b&c. i follow in my bible while I sit& listen. they have print outs of the outlines notes on Sun evenings&wed evenings;but Sun AM I follow&listen.
---Candice on 6/18/07

I do all three. I take notes, so I can study more on it later on, and I follow him along in the bible, and at the same time I am listening.
---Rebecca_D on 5/19/06

I used to take notes, too. But I found that actually I seldom looked at my notes again. Often, I would miss one point while writing down another. Most "new" information I remember easily, or if I not, it's usually in a commentary, Bible dictionary or encyclopedia which I use in my own study. I get much more out of a sermon if I just listen thoughtfully and prayerfully. If the message enlightens me spiritually, I make an abbreviated note in the margin of my Bible.
---Donna2277 on 5/15/06

I took notes for the first 21 years I was saved. Now I have learned to read the passage with the preacher and LISTEN INTENTLY and listen for Holy Spirit to ignite the word to me which is what He does. I can remember things said in teachings from longggg ago by listening with my Spiritual eyes and ears. Amen?
---Donna9759 on 5/15/06

I mainly listen but I look up any bible references given by the preacher and remember more if I do that. I used to take notes in shorthand but found it distracting to those sitting either side of me as they were more fascinated with that than the words of the preacher. Our preachers vary week by week, some point out that we should all have a bible with us and use it to follow the reading, others will say "Don't bother looking it up, just listen".
---emg on 5/15/06

I am a notetaker. My Pastor used to put an outline of the sermon in the bulletin. He puts his outline on Powerpoint and it is put on the screen. Now, we have a pad of paper in the church pews with the Bibles so that people can take notes as they feel led.
---Madison on 5/14/06

Recently my Five-year-old grandson said to me. Paw Paw let's talk about David and Goliath. Okay I said, why was David there? To bring his brothers food was the answer. Yes I said,and what did David pick up as he crossed the stream I ask, five smooth rocks answered my grandson. Why five stones, the first one killed him my grandson said, to allow for human doubts I answered. Okay said my grandson. And that's the way we study the Bible.
---mima on 5/14/06

All 3, and one more- the most important one of all. Develop a strong prayer life, and seek God for a deeper revelation of his word and what HE had to say to your heart through your Pastor.
---T.S. on 5/14/06

I give out the Word on a regular basis. I encourage people to use what ever means of study works for them. I am very blessed to see anyone desiring to get all that they can. The Word is spiritual food for our Spirit man. Without food, he will not grow and mature. Some Christians are starving their new creation life, the seed of Jesus that was planted in their heart when they were born again.
---Debbie on 5/13/06

All three work well. Many people record the sermon and have family study at home afterward. As for the pastor's "style", that is one each person has to learn and work it in to their study of the Bible. My Bible says a preacher is necessary for us to hear the word of God. It also says we are to study daily and pray unceasingly to prove what we hear is scripturally correct. Read and pray. Pray and read. Listening always for God's word.
---mikefl on 5/13/06

I take notes so that I can review it & to make sure that what the pastor teaches is in line with the word.
---Rickey on 5/13/06

I personally follow the bible reading and leave my bible open at that section. If it is necessary to keep referring to that passage when he preaches I do so but I mainly listen. There are only 2 of us in my church who do this. Most don't even follow the reading in their bibles. No one in my church takes notes but sometimes I feel that I would have benefitted from doing so. I feel awkward doing so when others don't and we don't have a regular preacher for me to discuss this with.
---f.f. on 5/13/06

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