Ames Hearing of the Word

Ames Hearing of the Word is a short single chapter sermon on why we should hear better the Word of God, or hear and respond to what we hear.

Ames Hearing of the Word is a short single chapter sermon on why we should hear better the Word of God, or hear and respond to what we hear.

A sermon on responding to the Word of God,

Hearing of the Word
by William Ames

How should we prepare ourselves to hear the Word?
1. From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
2. The reason or basis for this division is that in religious worship we relate ourselves to God when we give him due honor either by receiving what he offers or by offering what may be received by him in his perfection. In both respects we do what is immediately and directly honorable to God.
3. The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.
4. Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God.
5. Hearing here, therefore, means any receiving of the word of God whether it be communicated to us by preaching, reading, or any other way. God is accustomed to work in his own way and by his own institution by the preaching and hearing of the word.
6. The word hearing ought not to be taken so literally and strictly as to mean always necessarily the outward sense of hearing; it denotes any perceiving of the will of God, and especially inward receiving and submission.
7. The receiving of the word, of two parts: attention of the mind and intention of will.
8. Attention is applying the understanding to perceive the revealed will of God. Act. 16:14; The Lord opened the heart of Lydia that she might attend to the things spoken by Paul: It is often called in the Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, a seeking of the will of God or a seeking of God himself. It refers to the great desire we should have to know God’s will, as though it were something we could not at all do without. Isa. 58:2; Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as – a nation which does righteousness and does not forsake the judgment of its God; they inquire of me the ordinances of justice, they delight in approaching God.
9. In this attention we need that prudence which will discern what the will of God is. Rom. 12:2; That you may prove what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. When this is perceived, we must not deliberate further whether it be good or is to be obeyed or not, for the will of God is itself the final end of all religious inquiry. Gal. 1:15-16, When it pleased God to reveal his sign in me – I did not consult with flesh and blood.
10. Intention is the application of our will to the devout observance of the will of God now known. Psa. 119:106; I have sworn – and will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgment.
11. The purpose of the intention ought to be so strong and firm that we are ready without exception to obey whatever God commands. Jer. 42:5-6, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us if we do not act according to all the things with which the Lord thy God sends you to us. Whether it be good or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God.
12. In the form of this intention, the law of God itself is said to be in the heart of a believer, Psa. 40:8-9; 119:11; Jer. 31:33; Heb. 8:10. Continue to module to read more…

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