Genesis 3:1-13 “The ART of Asking Questions”

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Thoughts for Reflection:

“From now on, we no longer regard anyone from a worldly point of view.”  2 Corinthians 5:16

“Daddy, why…”  “Daddy, what…” “Daddy, how…” There is a near constant chorus of question-asking in my household.  My children, ages 5, 3, and 1, are all in various stages of discovering things about the world that they are living in.  They are explorers, ever-curious about the things that have happened, are happening, and will happen.  Apart from observation (noticing & listening), asking questions is how they (and we) learn about why things are the way they are.

Today we move into a new phase of our “Effective Evangelism” series as we talk about asking questions.  God, in the midst of the brokenness that was unfolding in the world He created, begins the work of rebuilding a connection with Adam and Eve by asking them questions.  He didn’t lead with criticism, condemnation, or an “I told you so.”  We too can build connections by asking good questions, trusting God to open the doors to a deeper understanding of those we are called to in this community.

Questions to take home:

  1. Think of a time when you felt genuinely loved and cared for because someone was engaging you with good questions.  Think of a time where someone was asking you questions that seemed to only fit their own agenda.  What made those moments good or bad?
  2. What makes a good question?  Read Luke 10:25-37 & Mark 8:27-38.  How does Jesus model good question asking in these narratives?
  3. How does attitude and heart play into good question asking?  Read Philippians 2:3-5.  How does this alter or confirm your earlier answer?  What might you need to do this week to align your heart and attitude with this Scripture passage?