Why take notes during a sermon or lesson?
- The spoken language is 90% forgotten within a week, but you will retain about 50% of what you write down.
- Taking notes during a sermon provides a written record for review.
- It forces you to listen carefully and to pay attention. It forces you to become an "active listener."
- It requires organization, which involves active effort on your part.
- Taking notes aids in understanding because you must condense and rephrase what is being said.
- 1 Peter 4:11 says that people who teach "should do it as one speaking the very words of God." This being true, to do anything less than listen with a whole heart is missing the very words of God for us on a given day. There is no such thing as an "ordinary sermon" if the speaker is a man or woman of God.
- Taking notes during a sermon or lesson will help you grow as a follower of Christ.
Active Listening Part II will be shared on next week's Helpful Tip Tuesday!