On Tuesday last week, I attended a presentation called "Questions From Jesus" given by David Neidert as part of the Church of God North American Convention. This presentation touched on a number of things that have been stirring in me for a long time, and these things are what led to my decision to enroll in seminary.
The question, "Will you accept me as Saviour and Lord?" is not just for now. It is also for the future.
Questions demand responses. "Let your yes be yes and your no be no."
He talked about the seven questions coming to him in response to study and interaction with the Indian people during January, 2004. This made me wonder if there are other questions that Jesus might ask me. I should be on the lookout for them in my own study and experience.
The questions are:
- Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:13-19)
- Whom will you serve? (Matthew 6:25-34)
- Why aren’t you obedient? (Luke 6:46-49)
- What are you willing to drink? (Mark 10:32-44)
- Do you believe God is able to do all things? (Mark 9:14-29)
- Are you sleeping? (Mark 14:32-42)
- Do You Really Love Me? (John 21:15-19)
The handout says:
Jesus stands before you now asking you for your Caesarea Confession. Who do you believe Jesus is? Write out your response in detail. Why do you believe this?
Are you willing to accept Jesus’ paradoxical teaching of losing your life to find it? How have you been living this already?
Are you willing to deny yourself and put Christ first for the sake of this message and the gospel? Why or why not?
How do you know that God and his kingdom take the first priority of your life? What evidence can you provide that God is the supreme focus of your life?
Why is anxiety created when we allow treasures or personal needs to take the first place in our live?
What is that thing or mission God has asked you to give attention to in your life but you have failed to even begin the journey? What is keeping you from being obedient to this calling or mission from our Heavenly Father? Why have you not made obedience to God’s call a priority?
We have all been blatantly disobedient regarding something we believed God prompted us to do. How did this occur in your own life? Why did you disobey what you believe God prompted?
We can all relate to the blessings and woes given on the Sermon on the Plain and as discussed in this chapter. How might you be like the disciples and the responses they may have given to Jesus’ teaching?
Do you believe the contents of the cup that Jesus offers us are clearly labeled? How do you know this? The cup’s content is labeled, ”if you are my disciples, you will drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism I will receive, even unto death.” What Scripture references help us to identify the Jesus-cup contents?
How do you personally complete the equation ”Greatness = Serving; Being First = Being Slave?” What has this meant to you as a believer?
Write out your answer to Jesus’ question: ”Are you able to drink the cup or be baptized with the baptism I will receive” (Mark 10:38)?
What makes us doubt God?
| > Do you believe God is the Lord | of all things impossible? How | have you acted on this? Are you stuck at introductory faith, hovering with skepticism at the fringe, or are you living a mustard seed, God empowered faith? Why or why not?
Are you staying awake through discernment, endurance and by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit? In what ways? Describe how you are staying awake? Read the garden passage noted at the beginning of this chapter. Will you have an answer for Jesus about whether you are awake or sleeping? What will you say to him?
We are to be wise in these days before Christ’s return (Ephesians 5:15-17). How can we remain wise? What are you doing to remain vigilant and alert? (i.e., through your prayer life, practice of spiritual disciplines, participation in corporate worship, diligent study of scripture, etc)
How do you personally define love? What does it mean to you?
Do you really love Jesus? How would you demonstrate that love? Write out a statement about why and how you love Jesus.
Can you confess that Jesus is the only love of your life, the sole focus of your being? If yes, write out that statement. If not, why are you unable to give that center stage to Christ?
I need to do some more reflecting on this... I am very tired tonight...