The Heart of the Question

Sunday, September 29th, we will start our sermon series called, “Questions Austin is Asking.” It’s an interesting title, and it recalls the fact that Jesus’ ministry was one filled with questions. Jesus asked hundreds of questions during his ministry, and he was asked hundreds too. He often answered a question with a question. Why did Jesus choose this method of teaching?

Questioning and curiosity are deeply embedded in human nature. Consider the four-year-olds you have known. “Why are some dogs big and others little?” “Why do I have to wear shoes?” “Why do I have to clean my room?” “Why do some people not go to church?” “Does God have a belly button?” It can be maddening, but it is also a phase we look on fondly because of the raw curiosity in these little, growing minds. Often, this curiosity fades as we grow older; consider the teenager in the back of his high school science class who asks, “Why do I need to know this? When am I ever going to need this in real life?” Even there, though, notice that this student is still asking questions.

As followers of Jesus, it would be wise for us to consider his method of teaching. Can you think of a situation in which you received unwelcome and unsolicited advice? How was that advice received? Alternatively, can you think of a time when somebody asked you a hard question that helped you realize an error in your own thinking?

Consider Jesus’ question, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life?” (Matt. 6:27, NIV) Verse 25 says, “… do not worry…,” so Jesus did make a statement before asking the question, but think about how his question can help the listener look at his own heart. “Can I increase my lifespan by worrying? No, not really…” Jesus' mission was to love us well and to show us the loving way to interact with one another. If the heart of Jesus' mission was love, and his method of bringing truth was questioning, we do well to follow His example.

Join us in the next six weeks as we delve into the questions below. We hope that by introducing and discussing these questions and their answers, we will be better equipped to love our neighbors well by engaging their hearts.

  • 9/29 – Is Truth true?
  • 10/06 – Is God in control?
  • 10/13 – Are there multiple ways to God?
  • 10/20 – Is sexuality confusing?
  • 10/27 – Can the Bible be trusted?
  • 11/03 – Is there a beginning and an end?
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