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preaching article Francis Chan's Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach

Francis Chan's Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach

based on 15 ratings
Jun 9, 2012


In his message at the Desiring God National Conference, Francis Chan highlighted the importance of loving the people to whom he preaches. He mentioned seven questions that he asks himself in preparing to preach. 

1. Am I worried about what people think of my message or what God thinks? (Teach with fear)

2. Do I genuinely love these people? (Teach with love)

3. Am I accurately presenting this passage? (Teach with accuracy)

4. Am I depending on the Holy Spirit's power or my own cleverness? (Teach with power)

5. Have I applied this message to my own life? (Teach with integrity)

6. Will this message draw attention to me or to God? (Teach with humility)

7. Do the people really need this message? (Teach with urgency)

This post was originally featured on DesiringGod.com

Francis Chan is an author and church leader, formerly the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. Chan has authored several books, including Crazy Love and Forgotten God. He is also the founder of Eternity Bible College and sits on the board of directors of Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis lives in California with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

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David Buffaloe avatar
David Buffaloe
0 days ago
Excellent article, as usual, Brother! Love ya!
Steven Farless avatar
Steven Farless
0 days ago
all I can say is "Chan, you da man"
Dennis Fite avatar
Dennis Fite
0 days ago
I love it when a speaker gets to the point and moves on!
Karl Henderson avatar
Karl Henderson
0 days ago
Loved the easy to read bullet points. Thank you. Easy to process and move on.
Robert Sickler avatar
Robert Sickler
0 days ago
Good ... real good
Anthony R. Watson avatar
Anthony R. Watson
0 days ago
Short and to the point. I like it.

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