Questions are more important than answers, pt. 1

Bishop Ough from the West Ohio Conference of the UMC spent some time at school today with us. Great thoughts.

  • It’s more important to reflect on the questions, rather than answers

Questions God asks of humans:

  • Who am I?
  • Where are you?
  • Do you want to be here?
  • Whom shall I send?
  • Do you love me?

Questions humans ask God:

  • Where are you?
  • Why me?
  • What do you want me to do?
  • How can this be okay?
  • Are you the Christ?
  • What must I do to get eternal life?
  • Are you with us or not?

  • We must understand the questions so we can shape our ministry around what people are struggling with
  • Behind the question is the real hunger

In groups we identified the most basic God questions that are universal to all humans:

  • Is there a God?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people? (If God is good, why is there evil?)
  • Does my life really matter?

What deeper questions are we really asking when we ask those? God, do you really care about me? We fear that we don’t really matter.

  • Jesus spoke to the fundamental questions people were asking.
  • People come at us with these questions and we frantically try to answer them. But those aren’t the real questions they’re asking. There’s a hunger behind those questions.
  • Our most basic question: Does God love me?
  • Jesus used these universal questions to get their attention so he could ask other questions.

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