Francis Chan. Maybe you’ve heard of him, maybe you haven’t. I don’t know a lot about him, but I trust some of the folks who do, and I recently read that his aim in ministry is to help Christians grow in a deeper love and passion for Jesus.
That sounds pretty good!
I want to re-blog a good amount of the stuff that comes through my reader. I do edit. I promise. But this one I wanted to share. Chan spoke recently at the Desiring God conference, extolling the following Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach or Teach the Bible:
- Am I worried about what people think of my message or what God thinks? (Teach with fear)
- Do I genuinely love these people? (Teach with love)
- Am I accurately presenting this passage? (Teach with accuracy)
- Am I depending on the Holy Spirit’s power or my own cleverness? (Teach with power)
- Have I applied this message to my own life? (Teach with integrity)
- Will this message draw attention to me or to God? (Teach with humility)
- Do the people really need this message? (Teach with urgency)
Thoughts? Do you agree? If you’re in a position to teach the Bible, do you struggle with any of these?