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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Ask good questions. It’s how we grow!

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

What are some of the questions on your mind these days?
What are some of the issues or subjects you are seeking answers for in life right now?
What are some endeavors or doors of opportunity you are knocking on at this present time?

We ask and are faced with many questions every day from what to wear, what to eat, who we will spend time with, how we will deal with a situation at home, at work, at school, with this pandemic, and even questions deep within ourselves. We may even be asking those deeper questions about our purpose in life and where do I fit in? I have been reading a few books and articles lately on the power of asking good questions. According to neuroscientists, our brains light up when we are asked questions. When a question is posed, much of our attention and mental efforts are pulled and brought in to answer that question. This has fascinated behavior scientists, psychologists, learning theorists, and teachers, because there is power in questions. Learning the art of asking good questions bring about greater personal understanding and the ability reason things out. According to research, asking questions increases communication because it demonstrates active listening; it helps people adapt; it increases interpersonal bonds; it expands learning; it makes us wiser and happier. One study showed asking questions makes us more attractive. The point in all this is, questions help us grow. So,again, what are some of your pressing questions?

In the biblical accounts of Jesus’ life, Jesus asked a lot of questions. In the Bible book of John, Jesus asks some thought provoking questions. In John 3:1-20 Jesus has a conversation with one of Israel’s elites, a Pharisee, who knew the first five books of the Old Testament by heart. Yet, Jesus asks…

John 3:10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?

He was making Nicodemus think about if he had really understood the true teaching of the Bible. It can make us all take a closer look at some of the Bible teaching we have received and to make sure it truly matches with truths in all of God’s Word.

In John 5:1-18 Jesus heals a man who has been disabled for years. Jesus asks a key question…

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

It seems strange Jesus asks an obvious question. Yet, as you read on, the person does not answer ‘yes’ but begins to give all the reasons why he can’t get better. Why did the man not say ‘yes?’ Why did he spout out excuses? What did Jesus mean when He said, “Do you want to get well?” Maybe ‘well’ means more than our circumstances being in line with our own expectations? Maybe ‘well’ means being in line and connected to Jesus regardless of our circumstances? Read the passage and see what you think.

In John 21:1-17 Jesus is spending time with the disciples after His resurrection. In that moment, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” As you read the passage you can feel Peter’s discomfort with the question being asked each time. Finally, Peter says…

John 21:17 The third time He (Jesus) said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Why did Jesus ask Peter three times? Why did Jesus ask when He already knew the answer? What other questions come to your mind as you read the full story? I know for me, it challenges me that there is an expectation on us when we say we love Jesus.

John 14:15 If you love me (Jesus), you will obey what I command.

If we love Jesus, we will seek to follow Him, do what He did, seek to obey Him. Maybe we could be asking ourselves some of those great questions.

Asking questions is key to personal and spiritual growth. It’s how we grow. What kind of good and deep questions could you be asking of yourself to know and grow in faith?

Church is a great place to ponder and hear good questions of life, faith, and God. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to ask good questions about faith and life along with you,
Mike