Summary: Questions are good if we seek answers to them; sometimes objections or excuses pose as questions. Not all questions are asked sincerely. Today I will address three questions, questions usually asked sincerely.
Short Answers to Common Questions 3
1. Teachers have some funny stories. Here are a few from Reader’s Digest.
After a coworker had finished his English lecture and his class had filed out, a tenth grader stayed behind to confront him.
“I don’t appreciate being singled out,” he told his teacher.
The teacher was confused. “What do you mean?”
“I don’t know what the ‘oxy’ part means, but I know what a ‘moron’ is, and you looked straight at me when you said it.”
—Jannie Smith, Ashville, Alabama
I recently asked a student where his homework was. He replied, “It’s still in my pencil.”
—Larry Timmons, Surprise, Arizona
My sixth-grade class would not leave me alone for a second. It was a constant stream of “Ms. Osborn?” “Ms. Osborn?” “Ms. Osborn?” Fed up, I said firmly, “Do you think we could go for just five minutes without anyone saying ‘Ms. Osborn’?!”
The classroom got quiet. Then, from the back, a soft voice said, “Um … Cyndi?”
—Cyndi Osborn, New York, New York
2. Well, today I don’t mind being asked questions!
Main Idea: Questions are good if we seek answers to them; sometimes objections or excuses pose as questions. Not all questions are asked sincerely. Today I will address three questions, questions usually asked sincerely.
I. I have never done much with reading the Bible. Where do you recommend I START?
Hebrews 5:12-14, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
I am assuming this question is asked honestly, but someone who is motivated and really wants to dig into God’s Word. So I will answer honestly.
• Some of God’s Word is fascinating, other portions seem boring. The deeper you study, the more fascinating some of the boring parts become.
• You are not going to understand it all or put it all together; the ability to do this improves as you become more fluent. Being fluent is the goal.
• But we are talking about reading.
A. Start with the book that assumes the least background: the Gospel of JOHN.
B. Then read or listen through the rest of the NEW Testament.
1. The OT was written to Israel but also for all believers
2. The NT was written to all believers and for all believers
3. The most crucial truths are found in the NT, after Jesus came
C. You can then read or listen to the OLD Testament.
D. You do not need to be in a HURRY.
II. Why go to church if I FEEL closer to
God in the woods?
“In general, being in nature — such as a forest, in the desert, at the beach, or near the ocean — is a serotonin booster.” Dr. Joel Robertson, Natural Prozac.