Sermons by Francis Chan

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.


From Fear to Peace: Psalm 23 Part Two

Passages: Psalm 23, 139.

This compelling message reassures us that God's goodness will pursue us relentlessly throughout our lives. Psalm 139 said He has every day formed in advance. It is His sovereignty and power that decides our future. Because He is a Good Shepherd, we need not fear death. We can truly be fearless. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara, Britt Merrick, Pastor. WATCH SERMON VIDEO HERE.


24: God is in Control

Passages: Luke 21:26; Matthew 7:13-23; Revelation 3:14-22

Francis Chan uses the television show "24" as an illustration to remind us that we must live for eternity. God is in control, and we must not be complacently. Many people believe that they are believers and yet show no fruit in the daily lives. We must enter the narrow gate and make Jesus our Lord! Preached at Bayside Church. Linked to YouTube. Transcribed by Preach It, Teach It.


High-Rollers or Heart-Givers? Living with Urgency Pt. 2

Passages: James 5:1-6

James indicts the rich for using their wealth as a false sense of security. They oppressed the poor by their hoarding and lived in luxury and self-indulgence. He warns of upcoming judgment and the urgency of repentance.  James 5:1-6 Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley California. Used by permission.


The Biggest Lie in Your Life

Passages: Philippians 1:29; 3:8; Revelation 3:1; Psalm 139:1; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4

No one wants their garbage revealed. You have this picture of this big God. Jesus said to the church at Sardis, "Recognize who I am, and that you are dead inside." All of my righteousness hides the truth: is it Christ I desire? I may be in love with the concept of God, but not God Himself. Pastor Chan explores the reasons we may lie to ourselves about our spiritual conditions.  Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara: Britt Merrick, pastor.


Next Generation Discipleship Videos (4)

Passages: 2 Corinthians 8:13-14; John 14:15; 15:18-19; Matthew 10:39

Francis Chan teaches four short lessons infused with compelling videos of teenagers who have struggled and found victory in surrender to God. Video one teaches that we need to surrender our possessions, our materialistic lifestyle and trade it for God's riches (2 Corinthians 8:13-14). The second video features the principle that when you surrender to God, you take on His identity. You are different from the world (John 15:18-19). The third video teaches that sin is something God hates. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Video lesson four encourages us to surrender to God because life is fleeting and we need to make our life count for eternity (Matthew 10:39).


Make Your Heavenly Father Proud (Philippians)

Passages: Philippians 2:14-18

Paul teaches in Philippians 2 that God's children are to be positive, not grumbling or doubting so that they shine like lights in the midst of a wicked, dark world. Christian's faith and peace should be contagious. Paul doesn't mind his suffering in jail if his spiritual children are ready for the return of Christ.   Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley under the title of "Living Graciously." Used by permission.


The Roaring Lion: Resist Satan's Schemes

Passages: Genesis 2:16; 3:1-18; James 4:7 ! Peter 5:8; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Psalm 51; Isaiah 4:6; 1 John 2:16

We must recognize that Satan is actively trying to destroy us. We have and unseen enemy and we must resist him daily. We learn much about his schemes from Genesis 3 and the account of Man's fall. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are all snares that tempt our sinful nature. But God has given us the power to resist temptation and become victorious Christians.  Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission. 


Let God Build Your House

Passages: Psalm 127; Ephesians 1:1-3

In Psalm 127, we are encouraged to allow God to "build our house," or build our lives. We can rest because He is in charge and nothing can be done apart from Him. The apostle Paul in Ephesians lists the blessings and power of God He offers us. We are rich beyond measure! Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley California. Used by permission. 


Living Eternally


When we live in the light of eternity rather than "in the now," we will suffer. We will be rejected because of the message of Christ, we will have financial sacrifices to make for the Kingdom and we must live lives of radical obedience. When we live only in the present and past, we become depressed. But when we look toward the future life with Christ, we are encouraged and reap a great reward. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission.


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