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 handed, no better off than you were before you entered the building. You haven’t received the Word into your heart at all.
It’s hard to focus on God, when the enemy has filled our days, minds, and schedules with busy work.
If the enemy can’t make us bad, he’ll make us busy.
Sometimes, that’s my biggest struggle. I finally get a moment to sit quietly, and I remember all the stuff I need to do.
If I can’t reign in my mind, I will miss out on the sermon every time.
Here’s the hard truth, if we go to church without intention, we will leave empty handed.
There are so many of us that live defeated lives and if church is an experience like mentioned above, no wonder. The key to begin getting deeper in the Word is to start hearing the Word, that means taking notes in church.
Think of it like this, hearing the Word should be an active hearing, meaning, you must participate in the process. It should be more than sound entering into our ears.
We all know that people who take notes remembers more.
In order to get something in return (from anything), you must set your intentions to receive the message well. Set your expectations on what you’ll take home from church, and you’ll be able to capture great notes.
When you go to church, expect to come home with something more than conversations with other people. I know you want to feel God deeply and to be prepared to use God’s word throughout the upcoming week. Taking great sermon notes is the beginning of this process.
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 great sermon notes you’ll use all week long.
Here’s how I capture as much as possible during church.
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 your stuff at home, use a free app like Evernote to take notes in. Writing notes by hand is a better practice as you will remember more, but if you don’t have your supplies, that’s ok.
You can also grab your copy of my free Sermon Notes Booklet to help you write great notes every week. I made this for you!
Write down the date and preacher’s name at the top.
Keeping track of sermons is a great way to record some personal history.
Write down the scripture and title (if there is one).
This is very important! If you get nothing else, make sure you write the scripture references.
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 during the sermon.
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. And I’ve gathered so many neat quotes from my sermon notes. I look back at them or write them on note cards.
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.
Don’t forget to grab your gift from me to you! Happy note taking!