Chapel began with pre-service music by the Seoul Theological University Choir from South Korea. The director of the choir is Hyo Dong Sohn who is a former student here at Southern Seminary. Jon Eliff, Senior Pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church and a graduate of SBTS, brought the Word today in chapel.
Sermon About Listening From Luke 8:4-15
Preaching from Luke 8:4-15, Dr. Eliff challenge everyone to be me more attentive in class as well as in chapel and worship services. He gave us three imperatives as to how to listen well as a student and Christian. First, we are to be mindful of our own wicked and deceitful hearts. The first three soils in the parable describe the non-believer or the non-listener in class. Second, we should be humble because our ability to understand parables is a gift from God. As a matter of fact, any desire you might have at all to want to hear the Word preached is a gift from God. Third, as Christians, we must be diligent. It is obvious he good soil refers to those experiencing true regeneration. Dr. Eliff closed with the following: Do not be something you really are not. He encouraged us to strive to have a listening heart.
If you regularly skip chapel, and you are capable of attending, Pastor Eliff was talking about you. Obviously, if you are providentially hindered from attending, that is one thing. However, I know of at least three people in my immediate circle that normally skip chapel because they want to sleep in or study Greek or Hebrew. It is a shame that more people do not take advantage of the great preaching we have each week at Alumni Chapel.