I don’t know about you, but I love preaching and teaching. Talking about and teaching others about Jesus is a great joy for me. The more I preach, the more I come to understand just how important it is, and the responsibility that comes with it. As preachers and teachers, we have the influence to teach others, and what we teach can either help or hurt people in their walk with Jesus. This is why the Bible lets us know that teachers will be held to a strong standard of accountability for everything we teach.
In an age where people age becoming more and more Bible illiterate, and fewer and fewer preachers are relying on the Holy Spirit for revelation of the scriptures and unction to preach, we need fresh perspective on what it means to preach and the responsibility that comes with it. Here are seven principles to consider before preaching and teaching from Francis Chan that were extremely helpful to me. I pray they are for you also!
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)