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“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
Ask the Pastors
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A few weeks ago, Pr Chad reminded us of a verse in Mark’s Gospel, where the disciples didn’t understand something, but were afraid to ask (Mark 9:32).
How often do we feel the same way about questions?
We hear something about God and we aren’t sure about it, or we don’t understand it and instead of asking, we stew on it, we use it as a reason to walk away, or we just accept it instead of asking about it. We don’t want to rock the boat. Maybe it’s just us. Everyone else probably understood just fine. We’re so Minnesota nice sometimes.
In reality, we all have questions. And a lot of times, they are the same ones. If you were a part of worship on Sunday, we opened up our sermon time for a Q & A with the Pastors. It was no surprise that some of the questions were the same across both services. Questions of faith are universal, and yes somehow we’ve become like the disciples, afraid to ask.
But I truly believe that questions are important and even essential to the life of faith.If you don’t believe it – just revert back to the old adage: WWJD? What would Jesus do?
Starting at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus, at the tender age of 12, is missing, and his parents find him in the temple. What is he doing there? “sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46) Jesus asks questions! And he doesn’t stop there. All throughout his life, Jesus asked questions in his teaching. He also thought questions were important and essential.
So now it’s our turn. Despite our fear, we step out in faith and ask. God has promised to be with us.
So we ask. Just like Jesus. We ask. Because our questions matter. They matter to each other, to our community of faith, and to God.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Why is asking questions about God so difficult for us sometimes?
2. What are some of the questions you have about your faith?
3. Why do you think some questions come up for you over and over again? What is it about them that keep needing to be asked?
We don’t have to know it all. We don’t have to be afraid to ask.
Start a conversation with a friend, family member, or pastor by asking them about something you’ve always wondered about.