Jul 16, 2016 - Notes    No Comments


by Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. If Satan can only make a covetous minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good eating, he has ruined your ministry. Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your thoughts, your words from God. Luther spent his best three hours in prayer.”

Jul 11, 2016 - Notes    No Comments

Questions to ask before preaching

Francis Chan

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)


Justin Taylor

1. Does this message exalt the gospel of Jesus Christ? (grace and redemption)

2. Will people know what to do after hearing the message? (repentance and faith)

3. Am I saying anything (i.e. illustration) that will distract from the point I am trying to make?

4. Do I, at any point, make much of myself in this sermon? (e.g. “I think …”)

5. Would I like this to be the last sermon I ever preach?

Believing that this may be my last opportunity to preach Christ will clarify what really needs to be said. Am I okay with this message being the last thing my family and church hears from my lips? And more importantly, am I okay with this message potentially being the last thing a man, woman or child will hear about the gospel before they die?

Jun 27, 2016 - Notes    No Comments


“如果我们想要让上帝的教会在我们当中延续下去,就必须把教会带进家庭,在家庭里培育教会。” — Richard Greenham