In a little while this evening, we’ll have another study with a young couple who have been Christians for about six months. Before we get to the Bible text, here are some questions I plan to ask them tonight.
- What difficulties have you encountered since your conversion?
- What has been your greatest challenge?
- Any positive surprise that you’ve had?
- What have you seen in terms of spiritual progress and growth?
- Any disappointment during this time?
- What is your greatest motive for thanksgiving during this time?
What other questions might you ask?
QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY
Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading
Over on QBT, surfaces a criticism of the question about what we will do in heaven:
What we will do in…
The post, even in its pithy format, points up the need to ask the right question. One gets the impression that the celestial activity concern comes from American practicality where a body has to be up and doing something useful. People have written that, if harp-playing is all that will be going on there, then they don’t want to go. Continue reading
QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS ABOUT THE CHURCH
1. What is the church? (Write a simple one sentence definition of the church.)
2. When did the church first exist in the mind of God?
3. Was the church a subject of Old Testament prophecy?
4. Who was the founder of the church?
5. When was the church established as a historical reality? Continue reading
Last night, a brother in Christ — an American visitor — asked us if we had any plans to return to the US. It’s a question we still get now and again. And we’re happy to answer it.
My personal website once sported a FAQ, where this question was answered, since it qualified for the status of a FAQ. I’ve simplified that site, so it’s no longer there.
But the short answer is: We have no plans to return.
That doesn’t mean we won’t have to, at some point. But after spending more time here than there, and with more still to do here than ever before, it seems the right thing to remain.
And “have to” is a relative viewpoint, is it not? I’ve known not a few missionaries who left the field because of lost financial support. I don’t question their decision nor their motives. We’ve been in the same boat. We took, however, a different route.
Life brings changes. (Or, better, life is change.) All the children are out of the house and far away. We’re grateful for them. Age creeps up on us and our relatives. Frailty, accidents, illness, death, are all possibilities. (They always were, if we think about it.) Continue reading
Check this out if you like. It’s an interesting question posed by a university professor.
To be honest, the results of the class experiment surprised (and disappointed) me.
Perhaps there are several spiritual applications that could be made from it for the greater good as well…or at least for our self.
Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?
1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?
2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?
3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?
4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?
5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?
6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?
7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?
8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?
9. What you do think is the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?
10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?