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The topic this post and much of it's content was previously posted by a member of the sermonindex.net forums: "Josiah777" I have added some content to it and re-posted it.

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[i]Brother Josiah777 wrote on 2006/3/28 9:36:[/i]

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have been very privileged to have had access to the materials of this website now for the past 2 1/2 years. My walk with Christ has been GREATLY enhanced, far beyond words can say; the precious fruits will only be fully realized in heaven. I want to pass along some practical advice to those who may be new and bewildered a bit, seeing all the names of people they've never heard of, names that mean about as much as looking at a telephone book. First off, I would hasten to say that listening to the sermons here should never be a substitute for being involved in a local church. If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, God will place you in the body as it pleases Him.

1. Get to know Jesus Christ. Do you want to fill your head with more facts, or do you truly hunger to know Christ and be more like Him? If you seek Him, you will find HIM; but if you seek for lesser things (though they may be important), like blessings or power or ministry or whatever, you will get "how-to's" and not the richness of the Person of Christ. Seeking for knowledge instead of Life (John 14:6) will always have its end in death and spiritual decay.

2. Be led by the Spirit. The sons of God are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). The times when I have cried out to the Lord out of my deep sense of need in childlike faith, I have had the quiet promptings of the Spirit direct me to the teacher on SI that I've needed at the time. According to your faith, be it unto you. Having the leading of the Lord will save a lot of wasted hours.

3. Be teachable. Realize that you will be encountering men of different theological backgrounds, culture, experience, spiritual insight and intimacy with Christ that WILL BE different than what you may have learned. Different is not necessarily wrong. You may be surprised that this person ACTUALLY has better insight of the spirit and application of a particular passage than you. A humble person can learn from others, from creation, even from lazy people whose thorns and weeds overtake their yards (Proverbs 24:30-34)!

4. Be a good Berean (Acts 17:11). Don't just swallow everything you hear without carefully examining the Scriptures for yourself. Proverbs 2 says that spiritual understanding comes to those who diligently seek for it like hidden treasure. God does not reward the richness of His Word to lazy people.

5. Live what you hear. Don't just be challenged; change. Don't be offended if what's being said is right. Be humble in your own opinion of yourself. If the truth is exposing shortcomings and lack in your life, be zealous to repent and let the Lord put you back together after His likeness. God delights to make us like Jesus, so there is always hope for life and light when our darkness is exposed.

6. Get to know the man, not just the sermon. If you listen to a sermon, you can know a message. But if you listen to a good number of sermons, you can get to know the man. You can learn a great deal about their spirit by what they talk about--or don't talk about. Usually what a person does not say says a lot more about them than what they do say. Does listening to this speaker make God bigger to you? Are you more passionate to pursue God? These are real effects you want to examine how fruitful this truly is to your walk with the Lord.

7. Try the tried and true. The audio sermons section is divided into "known" speakers (i.e., have a picture icon next to it) and miscellaneous speakers. The known speakers are there because in the wisdom and oversight of the SI webmasters, these are sound, edifying, instructive teachers. There are certainly sound, edifying teachers in the miscellaneous sections as well, but if you are new to SI, these selected teachers/preachers may be a way to more quickly introduce yourself to powerful men and women of God to enhance your spiritual well-being.

8. Don't get in a hurry; listen. You are not in a race for knowledge, but to know God. If a sermon really blessed you, you may want to listen to it again or several times. You will find that you will pick up other nuggets you missed the first time. It will also reinforce what you heard before. I don't do that for every sermon, but there are ones that definitely speak to my heart more directly than others. I've gained a lot more of Him by taking the time to go back over that "field" one more time and gather up more "gleanings."

9. Take notes. You will retain a lot more by taking notes than by not. At least jot down the Scripture references so you can take time later on to search them further. I've found it well worth the time to stop the sermon, rewind, and jot down a particular one-liner or statement that really stood out to me.

10. Read the comments. Many sermons have comments posted by others who have listened. You may be able to gain some insight of whether you want to listen or not by what others have said. On the flip side, if a sermon has really blessed you, take a few minutes to post a comment. Someone coming after you may inherit a blessing they might have otherwise missed.

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[i](*Last Edited 1/08/2007)[/i]


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 2007/1/8 14:13Profile









 Re: How to make the most out of SermonIndex (SI)

Thank you, brother Greg and brother Josiah! Such valuable information, especially for newcomers to SI. I have been around for a while, and have gleaned a lot from personal experience, but these here are some nuggets, and I wish somebody had told me--or I had asked earlier--for direction.

I think the most encouraging thing, though, is that our Lord answers our prayers, and--in line with #2--if we are sensitive and obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, God will lead us to what we need to find at the perfect time. One thing I've learned is that if I choose to trust myself, and be content to lean on your own understanding instead of prayerfully trusting in the Lord, I could easily get hurt, deceived, or overwhelmed. This goes for all articles, sermons, forums.

May God guide us all into all truth,
Slavyan

 2007/1/8 14:58
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Wow! that's powerful! Now if I can myself get all this in my thick head I will be doing much better in life in my spiritual walk, well I am still work in progress thank God he will not give up on us even if we give up on him he will still be closer than a Brother.


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 Re: How to make the most out of SermonIndex (SI)

I would like to add here some words by brother Greg that should be well considered!

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I think the admonition needs to be given out to everyone in love:
"Slow to TYPE and be quick to READ."



Quote:
"If anyone considers humself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he decieves himself and his religion is worthless." -James 1:26

[b]tight rein[/b] - (gr. chalinagogeo - to lead by a bridle, to guide. hold in check, restrain). How many times during our posts do we think of "restraining" ourselves in everything we speak. [b]How mindful are we of controlling our mind and words.[/b]

[b]worthless[/b] - (gr. mataios - devoid of force, truth, success or result. vain, useless, to no purpose). [b]This scares me[/b] very much that if we allow these forums to carry on like other forums on the internet they will become "worthless" and "vain" in its purpose and [b]there will be no "force" or impact they will have on anyone's life. God forbid![/b]



And we know how much this site and forum has been blessing to many! We should all guard that and let God to keep it so in His perfect order. I often marvel at brother's Greg opennes to Holy Spirit about guiding this site.

Blessings to all.
Kire

 2007/3/7 17:33Profile
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 Re: MUST READ: How to make the most out of SermonIndex (SI)

PRAISE GOD!!!!!! Hello everyone, my name is Greg Bantz Jr. I am a born again Christian with an intense desire to follow after the one who has called me. I live in Indiana and reside in Jay County. I attend a full gospel, holy spirit filled church called New Covenant Fellowship. I must admit that I am amazed at the unlimited well of resources I have came across in this website. Thank you to all of Gods faithful servants who have put your time and resources for the building of His Kingdom. I would publically like to thank my mentor, my friend, my Pastor Terry Bye for his passion for the Lord shall not go unnoticed!!! REVIVAL IS COMING CHURCH!!!! IT BEGINS WITHIN OURSELVES WITHIN THE TEMPLE IN WHICH HE DWELLS!!! I would like to take this time to pray for the Lords blessing upon all who believe. Dear father I come before your holy throne, admitting I am a sinner. Forgive me of all my sin this day. JESUS please come into my heart cleanse me, wash me, make me new. I believe that you are the way, the truth, the life, the ONLY WAY TO OUR FATHER!!!! Simplify my walk with you as I submit to your guidance by the Holy Spirit, for I am the one who makes it difficult, but you make it so easy!!!THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!! I pray this in your mighty name JESUS, Amen... over 2000 years ago, life seemed simpler than what i know;was we really moving slow, compared to this fast pace we now go? GOD BLESS, Greg
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The topic this post and much of it's content was previously posted by a member of the sermonindex.net forums: "Josiah777" I have added some content to it and re-posted it.

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[i]Brother Josiah777 wrote on 2006/3/28 9:36:[/i]

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have been very privileged to have had access to the materials of this website now for the past 2 1/2 years. My walk with Christ has been GREATLY enhanced, far beyond words can say; the precious fruits will only be fully realized in heaven. I want to pass along some practical advice to those who may be new and bewildered a bit, seeing all the names of people they've never heard of, names that mean about as much as looking at a telephone book. First off, I would hasten to say that listening to the sermons here should never be a substitute for being involved in a local church. If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, God will place you in the body as it pleases Him.

1. Get to know Jesus Christ. Do you want to fill your head with more facts, or do you truly hunger to know Christ and be more like Him? If you seek Him, you will find HIM; but if you seek for lesser things (though they may be important), like blessings or power or ministry or whatever, you will get "how-to's" and not the richness of the Person of Christ. Seeking for knowledge instead of Life (John 14:6) will always have its end in death and spiritual decay.

2. Be led by the Spirit. The sons of God are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). The times when I have cried out to the Lord out of my deep sense of need in childlike faith, I have had the quiet promptings of the Spirit direct me to the teacher on SI that I've needed at the time. According to your faith, be it unto you. Having the leading of the Lord will save a lot of wasted hours.

3. Be teachable. Realize that you will be encountering men of different theological backgrounds, culture, experience, spiritual insight and intimacy with Christ that WILL BE different than what you may have learned. Different is not necessarily wrong. You may be surprised that this person ACTUALLY has better insight of the spirit and application of a particular passage than you. A humble person can learn from others, from creation, even from lazy people whose thorns and weeds overtake their yards (Proverbs 24:30-34)!

4. Be a good Berean (Acts 17:11). Don't just swallow everything you hear without carefully examining the Scriptures for yourself. Proverbs 2 says that spiritual understanding comes to those who diligently seek for it like hidden treasure. God does not reward the richness of His Word to lazy people.

5. Live what you hear. Don't just be challenged; change. Don't be offended if what's being said is right. Be humble in your own opinion of yourself. If the truth is exposing shortcomings and lack in your life, be zealous to repent and let the Lord put you back together after His likeness. God delights to make us like Jesus, so there is always hope for life and light when our darkness is exposed.

6. Get to know the man, not just the sermon. If you listen to a sermon, you can know a message. But if you listen to a good number of sermons, you can get to know the man. You can learn a great deal about their spirit by what they talk about--or don't talk about. Usually what a person does not say says a lot more about them than what they do say. Does listening to this speaker make God bigger to you? Are you more passionate to pursue God? These are real effects you want to examine how fruitful this truly is to your walk with the Lord.

7. Try the tried and true. The audio sermons section is divided into "known" speakers (i.e., have a picture icon next to it) and miscellaneous speakers. The known speakers are there because in the wisdom and oversight of the SI webmasters, these are sound, edifying, instructive teachers. There are certainly sound, edifying teachers in the miscellaneous sections as well, but if you are new to SI, these selected teachers/preachers may be a way to more quickly introduce yourself to powerful men and women of God to enhance your spiritual well-being.

8. Don't get in a hurry; listen. You are not in a race for knowledge, but to know God. If a sermon really blessed you, you may want to listen to it again or several times. You will find that you will pick up other nuggets you missed the first time. It will also reinforce what you heard before. I don't do that for every sermon, but there are ones that definitely speak to my heart more directly than others. I've gained a lot more of Him by taking the time to go back over that "field" one more time and gather up more "gleanings."

9. Take notes. You will retain a lot more by taking notes than by not. At least jot down the Scripture references so you can take time later on to search them further. I've found it well worth the time to stop the sermon, rewind, and jot down a particular one-liner or statement that really stood out to me.

10. Read the comments. Many sermons have comments posted by others who have listened. You may be able to gain some insight of whether you want to listen or not by what others have said. On the flip side, if a sermon has really blessed you, take a few minutes to post a comment. Someone coming after you may inherit a blessing they might have otherwise missed.

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[i](*Last Edited 1/08/2007)[/i]


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this whole post by josiah777 is worthy of quotation, and worth to be read more then one time


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Great read. Worthy to be read by all members of SermonIndex.


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