God continues to seek conversation with us, not for conversation’s sake, but for deepening relationships with us. And God enriches these conversations through the questions that God asks us. Have you ever wondered why God would want to ask us questions? In his book Questions God Asks Us, author and minister Trevor Hudson offers several reasons for us to consider:
To begin with, God wants to enter into a conversational relationship with each of us. One way in which God shows this deep desire is by asking questions. They are the same questions that God asked the people of God throughout the Bible. When we start hearing them as addressed to us, we receive a glimpse into those things that God wants to talk about with us. Our answers draw us into a relationship of deeper sharing and intimacy with God…. Second, God gives greater dignity to us by allowing us to wrestle with the questions rather than simply giving us the answers…. And third, a question has greater power to transform us than a straightforward answer, especially when it comes from God who knows exactly what questions to ask.
As we set out on this study, we will explore five questions from the Old Testament and five questions from the New Testament. In the process, we will engage the stories in which these questions are asked, and we will personally explore God’s question in the context of own lives (see the section “Answering God’s Question” at the end of each lesson)>
- Where are you? (Genesis 3:1-13)
- Where is your brother? (Genesis 4:1-9)
- What is that in your hand? (Exodus 4:1-4)
- What is your name? (Genesis 32:22-32)
- What are you doing here? (1 Kings 19)
- What are you looking for? (John 1:19-38)
- Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:27-29)
- Do you want to get well? (John 5:1-9)
- Why are you crying? (John 20:11-18)
- Do you understand what I have done for you? (John 13)
God wants to have a two-way relationship with us, and as Hudson reminds us, we “cannot have that kind of relationship without listening and speaking…these ten questions provide a starting point for a deep dialogue between God and yourself.” The ultimate goal, moreover, is for us to explore these questions together with others. Hudson writes, “Something really good can happen in our lives when we share our personal experiences of engaging God’s questions with other significant people in our lives.” Questions have the power to transform us much more than answers, and as we begin a new year, I’m excited for us to consider the challenging questions God asks. As we wrestle with these questions in our own life, may we find ourselves in a whole new world of conversational relationship and discipleship with God.
Have you heard we are living in unprecedented times? Well, so was Peter. He was living in a time of strange heresies and false teachings. Sound familiar? In 2 Peter, Peter assures all Christians that our faith in Christ is very well placed, and he urges us to wait well for Christ’s return. Lamar Bowman will lead us in the study of 2 Peter.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? -Esther 4:14
Lamar Bowman is teaching a video class on the Book Esther. We invite anyone looking for a personal study or a study to use with your small group to watch and study along.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:16
The Bible Project video of Colossians is a great introduction to our study. You can find it HERE. The drawing from this is video is included in the lesson and would be a great coloring sheet for kids – and adults!
Click HERE for Lesson 3 in our Colossians Study.
Click HERE for a video message from Josh about Lesson 3.
Lamar Bowman is teaching a four – part series on the Book of Ruth via video. We invite anyone looking for a personal study or a study to use with your family or small group to watch and study along.
Click HERE for Ruth Lesson 1.
Click HERE for Ruth Lesson 2.
Click HERE for Ruth Lesson 3.
Click HERE for Ruth Lesson 4.
March – May 2020 we studied Philippians in our at-home Bible study. We are keeping those lessons posted for anyone who would like to reference them.
Click here for Lesson 1 in our Philippians study. Please read and engage in discussion with your family.