"The first and most important mark of a healthy church is expositional preaching." Anyabwile goes on to say that in response to this a healthy church member should be what he refers to as an "Expositional Listener."Now, my purpose here is not to criticize Anyabwile. I don't need to. The concept of an expositional listener has been widely taught throughout my church experience. What has also been frequently taught, as an extension of listening, is active note-taking of the sermon. I agree with Carpenter that a church building full of passive listeners is not the model given to us in the bible, and that the model given to us of active participation from all the members for mutual edification is not often practiced. In fact, I've only experienced such a thing twice in my life.
But why not extend it just one step further and claim that "expositional listening" of "expositional sermons" is best achieved through "expositional note-taking?" Note-taking is an extension of listening, as I've been taught, so the note-taking would be expositional, right? Is that the high point of our week? Where does the bible admonish us to take good notes to glorify God?