Ask Questions Like Jesus

Jesus asked great questions.  He asked large groups of people and he asked individuals.  Being able to ask the right questions is a powerful teaching tool. It’s often the right questions that generate transformation. Here are eight ways Jesus used questions in Scripture:

Jesus fished for people’s opinions (and gave them opportunity to process). “What do you think, Simon?” (Matt 17:25)  What do you think? (Matt 21:28)

Jesus challenged their heart and committment.   Can you drink the cup I am going to drink? (Matt 20:22), Do you love me? (John 21)

Jesus helped people understand their own need. What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32)  Why are you so afraid? (Matt 8:26)

Jesus held people accountable with questions.  Can you not stay awake for one hour? (Matt. 26:40)

Jesus got a glimpse into people’s understanding with questions (and in doing so, helped them clarify what they believed). Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:29)

Jesus became vunerable with questions. Why have you forsaken me? (Matt. 27:46)

Jesus taught with questions.  Which one is the neighbor? (Luke 10:35)  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  (Matt 16:26)

Jesus shows freedom and forgiveness by letting us answer the questions. Where are your accusers? (John 8:10)

Adults learn best when they process the question and come up with their own answer.  Giving people time to experience the question, bring them to understanding and allows them to “learn it” for themselves.

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