Questions! Questions! Questions! They are how we learn and grow! They make us better leaders and innovators. They annoy us to no end as parents! But they are important. It’s been said the only dumb question is the one that’s not asked. Life is full of questions – and that’s probably a good thing.
Without question, there are questions (see what was done there?) that hold more significance than other questions. There are superficial questions about “stuff” and there are deep questions about life. Even Jesus asked questions; he used them to make points about life and to teach people more about who God is. He asked great questions – and one of the most significant was the center piece of part 3 (Prevailing Theory) of CCC’s Hit & Miss series.
Take a few minutes to read Matthew 16:13-20 and the next step of considering the following questions about one of Jesus’ most significant questions.
- What is one of the most interesting questions you’ve ever been asked?
- What makes it an interesting question?
- Why do you think Jesus asked what other people were saying about who he was?
- When are some times when what other people say matters? When are some times when what other people say doesn’t matter?
- Why do you think Jesus asked his followers who they say he was?
- What are some reasons Peter might have spoken up to respond to Jesus’ question?
- What does it mean that Jesus is the Messiah?
- What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of the living God?
- What does it mean that Peter didn’t learn this by “flesh and blood”?
- Why do you think Jesus says Peter is “blessed” for declaring who Jesus is?
- What might Jesus mean when he says “upon this rock I will build my church”? What might the rock refer to? How does Jesus communicate building the church is his responsibility?
- What does Jesus say can prevail against the church?
- What next steps will you take to know what you believe about who Jesus is?
If you had one and only one question to ask, what would it be? Why would you ask that question? Is there an answer you would hope to get? What if the answer doesn’t align with your expectation?
If you had one and only one question to answer, what would it be? What would you say is the most important question in all of history to answer? Jesus asked his followers, “Who do you say that I am?” and that’s a pretty big deal question. How do you answer it?
Today is Monday – make it a day that you answer what you say about who Jesus is!