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Listen Up [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Ash
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


We give Listen Up to all our new members. --Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

We just don't have teaching and training on how to LISTEN to sermons. Christopher Ash shows what a gaping hole that omission leaves. --Rico Tice, All Souls, Langham Place, London

Provides crucial theology and practical advice about listening that can make the difference between life and death in the church. --R Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton

About the Author

Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust as Director of the Cornhill Training Course. Before that, he was on the staff of St Andrew the Great in Cambridge, he is married to Carolyn and they have 4 children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ST8UY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for your church April 14, 2013
This quick read from Christopher Ash is a wonderful guidebook for giving to your congregation to help them come up with some practical tips on how to listen to a sermon to get the most out of it. We are using this book as a give away to guests to our church. We have heard back from many of them how wonderful this book is.

Even if they have decided to attend another church they find that the booklet is helpful so that they get the most out of sermons. We believe that this is just a small price to pay for a book that will bring huge dividends to all in the long run.

Check it out and then buy a box to give to your congregation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource to hand out April 8, 2013
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Easy to read, gentle exhortations. A great lay-level encouragement to heed the preached word! You will not be dissapointed giving this away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian needs to read this! April 7, 2015
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This is the best, short booklet on how to listen to and apply God's preached Word. We have given it to every church member and it has sparked a renewed desire to listen to and seek to apply God's Word. I would highly recommend every Christian read this and thereby seek to be a student of hearing God's Word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! February 6, 2015
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This book is great! I'm going to buy enough for all my fellow congregants and pass them out on my own. It touches on so many excellent points. I feel personally convicted on several of them after reading it and didn't realize I was doing these things until I read it. Thank you so much.
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