The importance of asking questions
Recently, I had someone question my style of preaching and my philosophy of ministry. So, if you’re interested, let me explain. For many, many years, I’ve been teaching Christians that why we believe is more important than what we believe. Why we believe something is true is important because if you don’t know why you believe it, how do you know what you believe is true? For many years. I’ve been convinced that my responsibility as a pastor and teacher is not to tell people what to think, but to encourage them to ask questions. When we ask questions about our faith, we're not falling into doubt and unbelief. Asking questions helps answer the doubts and gives reasons to believe. My goal in preaching and teaching is not to give information (although I do give lots of important information), my goal is to help Christians think. God gave us a brain, and he wants us to use it. The Bible says:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15). 1
We may not be able to explain everything we believe, but we should at least try to understand our faith, and we should have relatively good reasons for what we believe.
One of a Christian pastor's most important responsibilities is to feed the flock. Three times, Jesus told Peter:
Feed my sheep. (John 21:17).2 My job is to lead you to the truth so that you can embrace it for yourself. My job is not to force you to accept what I say but teach in such a way so as to make you want to understand it for yourself. I may not always do a good job, but I hope that I’ve at least made you think and ask the hard questions. The Greek philosopher Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." So too, we must take time to think about what we believe so that we have reasons for why we believe it.
Helping Christians think about their faith,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
April 2, 2019
11 Peter 3:15; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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