I have asked a lot of questions over the course of my life. I have been asked numerous questions in that same time period. Questions about life, family, school, work, theology, income, background, and the list goes on. The funny thing about questions is that no matter how many you ask there are always more that could be or should be asked.
Unfortunately, talk far outweighs the ratio to questions. But questions are needed. For conversation to happen, questions are needed. They are phenomenal tools in the art of conversation. Truth be told, questions are devices that can be used as fuel or fertilizer. They can burn a conversation to the ground or cultivate it to bear fruit.
Questions are devices that can be used as fuel or fertilizer.
Asking good questions is an art form. It requires patience, wisdom in timing, and precision in practice. Jesus was masterful at it. He used questions to answer honest seekers and antagonize hardened opponents. But most of all he used questions to cause the disciples to pause, reflect, adapt, and grow. We must use questions the same way, especially when it comes to discipling relationships.
Jim Putnam wrote an excellent and helpful article in which he provides “4 Enlightening Questions to Ask the People You are Discipling“. Read it, review it, and use the questions. Maybe start by asking them of yourself in certain situations.
Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. And use these questions when you do. Are there any other questions you would add to the list? What are they?