Directions How to Hear Sermons
Luke 8:18 “Take heed, therefore, how ye hear.”
Rev. Whitefield begins his sermon by explaining that the Lord knew His hearers were not receiving His teachings and becoming doers of the Word and so He explains primarily to His apostles that to grow in the wisdom of God they must listen well.
In his sermon Rev. Whitefield sought to: “First, prove that everyone ought to take all opportunities of hearing sermons. And, secondly, I shall lay down some cautions and directions, in order to help you hear with profit and advantage.” 1 
Rev. Whitefield says God has always had His preachers to teach people His word: Enoch and Noah are but two but Whitefield says the Lord does not leave Himself without a witness. After the Law God brought forth preachers or prophets like: Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel and others “to reprove, instruct, and call them to repentance.” 2 
After the Law the Lord Jesus Christ sent forth His apostles and through them all succeeding ministers to “‘go and preach His Gospel to every creature’ promising to ‘to be with them ,to guide, assist, strengthen and comfort them always, even to the end of the world’”. 3 
Rev. Whitefield continues that the Lord has continued to send preachers due to His care for His church. “And afterwards, according to His promise, actually did and will continue to send down the Holy Ghost, to furnish them and their successors with proper gifts and graces ‘for the work of the ministry, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the edifying of His body in love, til we all come in the unity of the Spirit, to the fullness of the measure of the stature of the gift of Christ’”. 4 
Therefore Rev. Whitefield says how ‘unspeakable’ it is for the people to ignore this great gift. Though the minister wished to gather the people together as chicks the people would not. 5 [469-70]
Now Rev. Whitefield provides suggestions for those few who do gather in earnest to hear the Word preached.
- Come to hear the sermons with a sincere desire to know and do your duty.
- Give diligent heed to what you hear.
- Have no prejudice against the preacher.
- Don’t prefer one preacher over another.
- Apply all you hear to your own hearts.
- Pray for the preacher to speak and for you to put into practice what he says. 6 [pg 470-473]
If you will do this you will see Satan fall as lighting and the Holy Spirit fall as when St. Peter preached. 7  Remember that you will receive more blessings of His grace in preparation of one day stepping into His presence with the host of heaven. 8 
Gatiss, Lee, ed. The Sermons of George Whitefield. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2012