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.

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

Questions God asks of humans:

  1. Who am I?

  2. Where are you?

  3. Do you want to be here?

  4. Whom shall I send?

  5. Do you love me?

Questions humans ask God:

  1. Where are you?

  2. Why me?

  3. What do you want me to do?

  4. How can this be okay?

  5. Are you the Christ?

  6. What must I do to get eternal life?

  7. Are you with us or not?

  1. We must understand the questions so we can shape our ministry around what people are struggling with

  2. Behind the question is the real hunger

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

  1. Is there a God?

  2. Why do bad things happen to good people? (If God is good, why is there evil?)

  3. 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.

  1. Jesus spoke to the fundamental questions people were asking.

  2. 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.

  3. Our most basic question: Does God love me?

  4. Jesus used these universal questions to get their attention so he could ask other questions.