Piper: Take Care How You Listen


John Piper in a sermon, “Take Care How You Listen, Part 2”, taken from Luke 8:

So in the end, the point of the parable of the soils is not only that your own salvation and fruitfulness hang on how you hear the Word of God, but also the success of how the Word of God spreads in the world depends on how you hear. That is why verse 18 now concludes (drawing the inference directly from verses 16-17) “So take care how you listen.”

Listening – hearing – is a high calling in the Christian church because your salvation hangs on it (verse 12), and your fruitfulness hangs on it (verse 15), and the spread of the light in the world hangs on it (verses 16-17), and in the end the glory of God hangs on it (Matthew 5:16). So (verse 18), “Take heed how you hear.”

Piper concludes this sermon with a list of 10 practical ways to help us “hear” better.  To read or listen to the rest of the sermon, click here.