“But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him”
Summer Ask the Pastor
(click the title above to hear the podcast)
So often in the life of faith, we have big questions about God or Jesus or the church and yet rarely do we give ourselves the permission and space to ask them.
Maybe you tried asking once and were told to hush and not rock the boat and so you never tried again.
Maybe you were afraid that asking the question meant that you didn’t believe in God.
Maybe you worried your question would be silly, or too simple, or dumb.
Maybe asking any question in front of a crowd of people is terrifying.
The good news? You’re in good company.
The disciples felt this same way – they had a LOT of questions, and were afraid to speak up, afraid of what the response might be, or that they might lose their standing in the eyes of their rabbi. But Jesus knew better.
Questions are how we learn. Jesus often did his best teaching by asking questions of those who were surrounding him, and encouraged the questions of his disciples, even the ones that missed the point.
So too do we look to Jesus and create space for questions in our worship services. On this, another “Ask the Pastors” Sunday at Prince of Peace, we again gave the sermon time over to discussions related to our life together as Christians. In the midst of the gathered community, we worked through questions of faith related to current events, science, and even some regarding service and volunteerism. As always, it was a beautiful morning to be a part of.
Lastly – if you have a question of faith that you have always wanted to know, and you missed your chance to ask it on Sunday, don’t hold it inside anymore. Bring it to us on a Sunday morning, in an email, or at the next “Ask The Pastors” Sunday in the fall.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. What questions do you have about your faith? Do you keep those questions to yourself or have you found a safe community where you can share them?
2. Is the Christian faith more about seeking or knowing?
We encourage you to listen to the podcast from the “Ask the Pastors” service this week. Hopefully, you will be as inspired as we were by the faithful questions raised in the midst of a community of faith open to wherever people happen to be in their own faith journeys.
See you in church!
Chad & Natalia