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“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
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For Jesus was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they [the disciples] did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Mk 9:31-32
Asking questions is such an important part of our faith. When we stop asking questions, we stop growing. In fact, when we come to believe we own all the answers, we become dangerous.
Asking questions takes courage. Being curious requires humility. Sometimes we don’t ask questions because we are afraid of what the answers may be. Sometimes we don’t ask because we feel like we must be the only one who doesn’t know the answer.
During worship on Sunday, we asked people to write down a question they may have, related to their Christian faith and to place it in a basket. We were blown away by the response. There were questions about prayer, forgiveness, salvation, heaven, healing, and so much more.
What about you? Are there any questions… about God, about scripture, about your faith, that you are not asking? If Jesus sat down next to you, what would you want to know?
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Why do you think the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus to explain what he was talking about?
2. Do most people think of churches as question places or answer places?
3. What questions do you have about your faith?
This week I want to encourage you not only to ask questions related to your Christian faith, but also to pursue answers to those questions. At POP we are committed to providing space for deep questions to be asked and answers to be pursued. From Sunday school to GroupLife, to our youth ministries, to bible studies and adult discussions, we believe that the best place to grow deep by asking questions is in community. POP is a safe place to bring your questions.