Jesus was, among other things, the best teacher to ever walk the earth. His teachings apply to real life and they are deep, but not always the simplest to understand. Often His disciples asked Him to clarify His teachings (Lk. 8:9; Jn. 14:5). In one instance, however, we see a problem that still exists today: They were afraid to ask the questions that plagued their minds. Look at Luke 9:45b:
“…they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.” (NASB95, Emphasis mine)
How many times have you sat silently in a Bible class with questions rolling around in your brain, but were too afraid to ask? When you are afraid to ask your questions, remember:
Bible Classes are for You:
Your understanding of God’s Word is the point of the class. Bible classes are first and foremost designed for YOU, the student, listener, and studier. Bible classes are intended to teach YOU the Bible. Questions are a natural part of learning. Whether the question is simple or complex, it is what you need answered to learn the Word of God effectively. Ask your questions, because your understanding of God’s Word is the point of the class.
Questions Help Your Teacher:
As a teacher, it helps me know what my class needs when they ask questions. Does my class know who Abraham is? Do they understand why the Law of Moses doesn’t change the practices of the church today? Do they understand what John means when he says, “whoever believes in Him shall…have eternal life”? If a hand is raised in class and a question is asked, it helps me teach exactly what needs to be learned. Questions help your teacher.
Questions Encourage Your Brethren:
The questions you have are often questions someone else also has. When you ask your questions, you may be helping someone else without even knowing it. Even if they don’t have the same question, they may be more courageous to ask a question on their mind because of you. Asking questions is an excellent way to encourage your brethren.
Sometimes we think of the church as full of people who already know everything. There is no greater misconception. The church is full of people with questions, and a congregation who asks questions is a congregation who grows in Christ. Let’s ask questions, study God’s Word together to answer them, and be filled with the fruit of righteousness as we find and apply the answers to our lives.
Eli Schnell is the Youth and Family Minister at the Northwest Church of Christ
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135