The Bateman Family

Batemans in Argentina

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

July 10, 2017

Part 1

“Asking Questions: Teaching Others ”

“Asking Questions: Teaching Others “

Asking a question seems simple, yet it is one of, if not the most powerful tool in teaching
that we have as Christian workers and ministers. Through asking questions we can help inspire,
guide, encourage, motivate, challenge, stimulate, and develop others

Thinking is driven by questions. Had people not asked questions, the fields of Biology and Physics, for example, would never have been developed. For that matter, all intellectual fields are born and developed through continual questioning. When questions stop, progress
stops.

We want the people to whom we are ministering to think. True Christianity, regardless of the what the world says, is not a religion of mindless obedience. True Christianity thinks. It is a religion not only of the heart, but also of the mind. Questions are at the heart of learning, and Christ, being the Master Teacher, was also a Master at asking questions. He asked, answered, and sometimes chose not to answer questions in His ministry. He stumped the professors of the law, encouraged and tried the faith of others, rebuked the Pharisees, and lead and advanced His disciples all through questions. As a matter of fact, in the gospels Christ asks at least 135 questions. By the way, this is a very interesting study and you could make it into a great series to teach or preach through.

We want the people to whom we are ministering to think. True Christianity, regardless of the what the world says, is not a religion of mindless obedience. True Christianity thinks. It is a religion not only of the heart, but also of the mind. Questions are at the heart of learning, and Christ, being the Master Teacher, was also a Master at asking questions. He asked, answered, and sometimes chose not to answer questions in His ministry. He stumped the professors of the law, encouraged and tried the faith of others, rebuked the Pharisees, and lead and advanced His disciples all through questions. As a matter of fact, in the gospels Christ asks at least 135 questions. By the way, this is a very interesting study and you could make it into a great series to teach or preach through.

The topic of questions came to my mind as I was reading Luke 14:1-6. Jesus is in the home of a Pharisee on the Sabbath. There happens to be a man there with dropsy (a condition of water retention in the body, that can be lethal). Jesus has already had problems with the Pharisees concerning the Sabbath, twice in chapter 6 and once in chapter 13. Jesus asks a question, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?” They held their peace. Jesus heals the man, and then asks them another question. “Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?”

They had intentionally held their peace on the previous question, but now they were forced to think. They knew that within the law there was grounds to act in helping and healing; it was only in the Rabbinic writings and traditions that this was prohibited. With the second question Christ shows that even with common sense and by their own actions the act of healing and helping was lawful and permitted. In fact, the questioning of Jesus was so effective that this time they couldn’t answer.

The master had spoken and won the argument, and all through questions. Questions are potent. Use them in your preaching ministry, your Sunday school class, counseling sessions, and the spiritual education of your family. Ask questions, and teach others.

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