Sermons by Francis Chan

The Greatest Things in Life are Accidents

Passages: Psalm 127:1-2; Ephesians 1:16-17; Psalm 116:15; Isaiah 11:2

Francis teaches on the importance of trusting in God to lead us towards what is best for us. Planning, while not always a bad thing, can be counterproductive if planning keeps us from depending on God. We have to be willing not to have our way, and be careful not to get so set in our plans that we don't leave room for God to have His way in us. Our ultimate trust needs to be in God. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, California. Used by permission. Watch full screen HERE.


Discovering Who I Am in God's Eyes

Passages: Ephsians 2:1-9; Jeremiah 1:5; 1 Thessallonians 4:17-18; 2 Chronicles 16:9

We spend so much time trying to impress God that we forget He is crazy in love with us. Rest in His love and not in your works. The God of the Universe knew what He was making when He made you. Encourage each other in His return to bring you home. Enjoy His presence and the gift of His Son for you. Preached at Catalyst Conference, 2014. Used by permission of Catalyst Conference and


Tired of Church? Get God's Perspective!

Passages: Revelation 3:1-3; 1 Samuel 14:1-13; Job 1:1-12, 38:1-13; Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 9:20

Church is designed not to please us, to meet our needs. We are to please God alone. Job 1 shows that God's higher plan for Job was so much greater than anything He could understand. Our calling is to trust God even when He mystifies us. After all, He is the Creator. Preached at Legacy Conference, 2014. Used by permission of Legacy Conference.


Finish Strong: Caleb

Passages: 2 Chronicles 15:8-19; 16:1-14; Number 13:30; 14:24; 26:65; Joshua 14:6

Caleb modeled radical faith into his later years. King Asa, in contrast, trusted in his allies rather than God. Instead of getting comfortable and complacent as we age, we should surrender more, release more, rely more upon God. Finish stronger than you started. Take risks and see how God comes through. The goal is to live "happily ever after" when God will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Preached at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. Used by permission of First Presbyterian Church.


Crucifying My Son Zeke: Father God's Love

Passages: Colossians 1:19-23

Chan never understood the love of a father because he never had interaction or love from his dad. Once he had kids, he finally understood God's love. Imagine a perfect God and a perfect love for his son. Chan interviews his small son Zeke to explain the pain of watching his only son being crucified. In understanding the pain of losing Zeke, the reconciliation of us to God the Father through Christ is even sweeter. TO WATCH FRANCIS AND ZEKE'S ILLUSTRATION, go 30 minutes into the sermon. EFCA Youth Conference. Used by permission of EFCA.


Easter: All Your Eggs in One Basket

Passages: 1 Corinthians 15:1-55

The power of the resurrection will change your daily life. It validates Jesus' sacrifice and His victory over sin and death. How would your life be different without it? The resurrection changes everything and is not to be taken lightly. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, California. Used by permission. Visit for more of Francis Chan's sermons.


What's So Great About Jesus?

Passages: Colossians 1:1-13

The Apostle Paul commended the Colossian believers for their faith, their love for the saints and their hope of heaven. Paul prayed for them to live a life worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Many of us have such a limited view of the love and power of Jesus. When we expand our view of God, our whole life changes and impacts others in a radical way. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, California. Used by permission.


Your Worship Should Be Awesome

Passages: Exodus 19:9-14; 33:7-11; 1 Peter 4:7

Our prayer lives should be filled with the wonder and awe of God's presence. Exodus 19 says that God wanted to meet with Moses so they could hear His voice and believe. Moses spoke to the Lord face to face in the tent of meeting. We must come to the place where we meet Him, too. Preached at the Passion 2015 Conference. Used by permission of Passion Conference.


God is Strong in Us!

Passages: Revelation 21:7-8; Psalm 115:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Daniel 4:35; 1 Timothy 6:15; Isaiah 45:22

This is God's universe and God does things His way. You may have a better way, but you don't have a universe. God commands us to be courageous because we are filled with His mighty Holy Spirit's power. Notes used by permission of


The Cure for a Wasted Life

Passages: 2 Peter 1:1-9, Ezekiel 36:26, Ezekiel 37, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 2 Kings 6

In this study of 1 Peter, Peter promises that we have everything we need for life and godliness. God wants to replace ordinary living for an extraordinary adventure with Him. As partakers of God's nature, we must supplement our faith with virtue. Preached at Passion 2014. Used by permission of Misty Page.


The Cost of Following Him-New Canaan Society

Passages: Haggai 1:9; Acts 4:31; Luke 14:25-34; 18:18-23; 19:8; Philippians 3:7-11; 1 Kings 13:13-26; 22:6-23; Revelation 3:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:3; Luke 14:25

The New Canaan Society's 2013 Conference features Francis Chan's message on "With Him: The Cost of Following Christ." Our commitment to Christ cannot be half hearted. We must read the Bible for ourselves and follow what it says no matter what the cost. Preached at New Canaan Society Conference, 2013. Used by permission of New Canaan Society.


Holy Anguish

Passages: Romans 9:1-3; Luke 16:19-24; Matthew 7:21-23

Churchgoers can listen to a sermon and never apply it. If they trusted Christ when they were young, they often trust that one-time decision to keep them out of hell with no life-change or fruit of the Spirit operating in their lives. Although we must live by grace through faith, God longs for us to be filled with the Spirit, repent and obey Him. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission.


Just Do It!

Passages: 1 Kings 13:7-24; 22:6-23; 2 Timothy 4:1-10; 1 Samuel 14:6-7

Francis Chan preaches at Passion Conference about the importance of reading the Word, discerning the lies caused by our own sinful desires to compromise and the power of literal obedience. He recounts powerful stories of God's Work in his own life when he took God at His word. Full sermon transcription included. Preached at Passion Conference 2012. Used by permission of Passion Conference.


Answers to Questions about God I've Always Wanted to Ask

Passages: Exodus 3:13-14, Isaiah 40:18, Isaiah 46:5, Job 11:7-8, Isaiah 55:9, Psalm 145:3, Deuteronomy 29:29, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 90:2, Job 36:26, Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 131

Can we understand God? The Trinity? His holiness? Predestination? Francis Chan opens the Word of God to show our Heavenly Father is higher, holier and greater than we can imagine. We can rest in His unimaginable power and wisdom. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission.


Excuses and the Losers Who Make Them

Passages: Luke 14:15-24, Revelation 19:7-9, Deuteronomy 20:5-7

The Master held a great banquet. When he issued invitations, everyone made excuses not to come. Francis Chan talks about the importance of honoring God, entering His Throne Room, and placing Him first in your life. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Full sermon transcription included.


Ignite the Fire: The Holy Spirit and God's Promises

Passages: 2 Peter 1:1-9, Ezekiel 36:26, Ezekiel 37, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 2 Kings 6

Francis shares about trusting in the promises of God. He has promised us that He will put the Spirit of God inside of us. We are partakers of the divine nature, but we must make every effort to supplement our faith with virtue. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness, but we must strive to add those virtues to ourselves. If we pursue these qualities, we won't waste our lives. From Passion 2014.  Used by permission of


If Jesus Were the Pastor of Your Church, You Probably Wouldn't Go

Passages: Luke 8:4; 14:25, 34; Acts 1

The message of Jesus was hard. He demanded that His followers take up their cross, leave everything behind and follow Him. He didn't cultivate the crowds, He weeded them out by revealing the true condition of their hearts. Jesus would not be a popular pastor today. Would you join His church?


Not Just a Baby

Passages: Philippians 2:1-11; Psalms 110:1-6; Isaiah 53

Who is the Christ Child? Paul in Philippians 2 teaches the amazing condescension of God coming in human form to die. Secondly, Isaiah teaches the baby would be Messiah, the Sent One of all of Israel. Finally, Psalm 110 shows the picture of Christ's return at his second coming.


Peter the Hypocrite, Paul the Accuser (Grace from Galatians)

Passages: Galatians 2:11-31

Francis Chan teaches on Galatians 2:11-31 where the apostle Paul confronts Peter with the sin of hypocrisy. Peter separated himself from the Gentiles because they were uncircumcised and Paul reminded him that all men are saved by grace and not by Jewish laws. There can be no conditional love. We must freely receive the grace of God.


God's Presence: Psalm 23 Part One

Passages: Psalm 23

The presence of Christ in our darkest times should give us boldness and confidence. The whole passage is about peace in the midst of the storms, the threats in our lives. Francis Chan relates the miraculous experiences he has had with God when God would lead him to do the impossible and then provide supernaturally to meet those needs. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara. Britt Merrick, pastor. WATCH SERMON VIDEO HERE.


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Francis Chan currently serves as pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. [more]