Here are five tips, excerpted from The Urban Pastor:
1. Listen expectantly
As long as the words of the preacher are faithful to scripture, then they are exactly what God wants to say to you. We need to prepare ourselves beforehand to expect God to speak to us through the sermon.
2. Listen attentively
It may be that the speaker is hard to follow, or that other things are vying for our attention. However, if we truly believe that God is speaking to us, then we should make the effort to avoid drifting.
3. Listen carefully
We need to be discerning and check what the preacher says against the Bible. Unless we’re actively listening, we shall passively take on everything that is said, true or not.
4. Listen humbly
God’s word may challenge us on wrong acts or attitudes in our lives. Let us be humble enough to accept rebuke and to respond with obedience and faith.
5. Listen responsively
The measure of Christian maturity isn’t knowing a lot, but changing a lot—into the image of Christ.
Addendum: Nathan Bingham has 3 tips on getting the most out of a sermon.