We may listen to a sermon with pleasure, while the impression produced on us is only temporary and short-lived. Our hearts, like the “stony ground”, may yield a plentiful crop of warm feelings and good resolutions. But all the time there may be no deeply-rooted work in our souls, and the first cold blast of opposition or temptation may cause our seeming religion to wither away. There are many such hearers. The mere love of preaching and sermons is no sign of true grace.
– J. C. Ryle