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?

One comment

  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.”