“And there was a certain young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor, and was picked up dead” (Acts 20:9).
Principle number one: Stay awake.
Okay, that’s all I have to say about Eutychus. But we can use him as a poster child for people who get very little or nothing from a sermon, agreed?
If you live a long time and go to church regularly, you will hear thousands of sermons. It seems therefore that at least one message should be devoted to the subject of how to get the most out of them.
Let’s let this be the one.
Tagamet and Pepcid A/C, Prilosec and Omeprazole, are popular acid blockers. Take one before eating a pizza or other spicy foods in order to avoid heartburn. The pills shut down the flow of stomach acid. This is all right once in a while, yet it’s not recommended regularly for the simple reason that the digestive system counts on bile (stomach acid) to help in the digestion. A few years back, doctors put me on a seven-day regimen of pills designed to destroy the H. Pylori bacteria in my stomach. Two of the pills were antibiotics and the other shut off the flow of acid into my digestive system. For one solid week, in order to heal my system, I was not getting full value from my food.
Let’s talk about people who do not get full value from the sermons they hear.