Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach or Teach the Bible

I recently ran across a similar list of questions that Francis Chan asks himself before every opportunity to teach or preach.  Below is my (adapted) list of seven questions.

  1. Am I more concerned about what people will think of my message or what God thinks? (teach with fear, Acts 5:29)
  2. Do I genuinely care for these people? (teach with love, 1 Thes 2:7-8)
  3. Am I faithfully presenting this section of Scripture? (teach with accuracy, 2 Tim 4:2)
  4. Am I depending on the Holy Spirit’s power or my own cleverness? (teach with boldness, Heb 4:12)
  5. Have I applied this message to my own life? (teach with integrity, Phil 3:12-14)
  6. Am I aiming to draw attention to myself or to God? (teach with humility, 1 Cor 3:5-7)
  7. Do these people need this message? (teach with urgency, Acts 20:18-21)

Can you think of other questions that ought to be asked?

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  1. Good thoughts, Jason! Thanks for sharing them. An old preacher who helped “train” me said, “If it doesn’t help you, it won’t help your audience.”