How to Take Effective Notes in Church!!
Not too long ago, I was talking with some people from my church. They mentioned how much they loved the sermon and how the had never thought of ‘it’ like that before. With a smile and a nod I agreed, because deep down I couldn’t remember what the sermon was about. I couldn’t remember what my husband said just two days prior!! Oh dear!!
Have you been there?
You go to church but you come away seemingly empty. You are no better off than you were before you entered the building. You haven’t received the Word into your heart, head, or even your ears at all. It’s hard to focus when the enemy has filled our days, minds, and schedules with busy work.
Here’s the hard truth, if we go to church without intention we will leave empty every time.
There are so many of us that live defeated lives and if church is an experience like mentioned above, no wonder. The key to getting deeper in the Word is to start by hearing the Word. You can’t have the benefits of God (peace, joy, contentment, etc) without having been with God.
Hearing the Word is an active hearing, meaning, you must participate in order to get benefit. It should be more than sound entering into our ears.
We all know that people who take notes remembers more. It’s because our minds wander.
In order to get something in return (from anything), you must expect to get something in return. Set your expectations on what you’ll take home from church.
When I go to church, I expect to come home with something more than my conversations with other people. I want to feel God deeply and I want to prepare myself to use God’s word throughout the upcoming week. My full list of reasons why I take notes in church are listed here. Go ahead and check it out, then come back to learn how to take sermon notes.
Here’s how I capture as much as possible during church while still staying involved in worship.
- Bring a notebook and a pen to church. Keep it with your Bible to make it easy to remember as you head out the door. If you forget, use an app like Evernote to take notes in.
- Write down the date and preacher’s name at the top. It’s neat to look back from time to time.
- Write down the scripture and title (if there is one).
- Write the scripture out if there is time before the sermon gets going. If no time, do this later. Trust me, you’ll like it!
- If you are not able to write the scripture, underline important stuff in your Bible as you read the scripture along with the preacher.
- If there is a projector, use that as a guide to stay on point.
- Capture big points throughout the sermon.
- Write down anything that speaks to you as the preacher is speaking. You don’t have to write every word, you wouldn’t have time anyway, just the stuff that speaks to you. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll remember just from the snippets of information you gathered.
- Write down corresponding scriptures that are referenced during the sermon.
Don’t be surprised this Sunday when you stay more engaged in church, come away with some sustenance, and enjoy the process of capturing God’s Word through your note taking. If you avoid taking notes, you’ll miss out on blessings.
One last note, if you forget your note taking tools don’t be too harsh on yourself. You can use Evernote like I mentioned above or grab a bulletin and pen to capture this week’s notes. Remember, taking notes helps us live in God’s blessings.
How do you capture the sermon at your church? Leave a comment below.