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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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commented on Sep 18, 2015

Cleverness leads to the tragedy (Genesis 11:1?9).

Kasere Solomon

commented on Sep 18, 2015

But is it possible to adequately get the right word across to your audience without using your personal knowledge/wisdom when you don't have a direct calling from God especially when you are in an environment that requires/compels you to teach/preach the word?

Chiquita Anderson

commented on Sep 18, 2015

AWESOME!!! Yes I totally believe in what was shared. Thank you for sharing.

Wayne Hobson

commented on Sep 18, 2015

This confirms what I believe God would have me to preach next month. Great self examination questions before presenting God's Word. Bro. Chan, THANK YOU!!!

Jeanine Thiede

commented on Sep 21, 2015

Kasere, If you are in an environment that compels you to teach/preach, then I would suspect, at that moment, you are called by God! It is a good idea to know the word, in order to draw from it when needed. The Holy Spirit is there to help us when we need help teaching. The best services I have been too are when the Teacher/Preacher lets go and gives over to the Holy Spirit. I minister one on one, so it is always different. I prepare by inviting the Holy Spirits lead, because it is hard to tell before hand what is going to be taught.

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