Jesus Questions - A Lenten Study for 2023

The Jesus Questions

During the month of March, for part of our Lenten practice, Pastor Jeremy Pegram will be preaching on The Jesus Questions. The sermons will be based on a study by Sam Gutierrez that helps people engage with and ponder the questions of Jesus. We will have a Bible Study to go along with the sermons each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM.

 Each week participants will focus on one question to study and explore what Jesus is saying to them personally through the question. Bible Study participants will have an opportunity to share what they learn and experience.

 You may use the materials as a self-guided study using the instructions below.

 Instructions for Self-Study:

1)    Download and print a copy of The Jesus Questions. Cut the verses into strips and place them into a container.

2)    Each week, draw out one question.  Look the question up in the Bible and study the passages that come before and after it.  Pray and ask Jesus to reveal what he wants you to hear from this question or passage. 

3)    Read the passage from which the question comes every morning or night for devotions.

4)    Listen for what Jesus is saying to you each time you read the passage. You might want to write a journal entry about what comes to mind or what you feel as you read the question.

5)    At the end of the week, place the question back into the container.  You may potentially draw the same question out again.  If so, you will have another week to explore more about what Jesus might be saying to you through that same question.

 

Helpful tips to engage more fully:

If you receive a question like “Why are you so afraid?” (Mark 4:40), how do you “hear it”? What is the volume, tone, and inflection? Is Jesus sad? Disappointed? Frustrated? Angry? Some people hear Jesus that way. How we hear the question reveals something about our image of God. Try reading the same questions with a humorous and encouraging tone. Is it possible that Jesus is smiling as he speaks those words? Is there a sparkle in his eye and a playfulness in his voice as he invites us deeper into the mystery of his grace and love? That interpretation too reveals something about our image of God.

 Often our unexamined image of God is a mixture of mom and dad. As a child, if you had a parent who had high expectations, you will most likely experience a God who also has high expectations. If your parent was emotionally absent, God will be too. If your parent was angry, God will either boil over or be distant from you. And so on, and so on. Once we become aware of these patterns, we can begin to let them go and replace them. Knowing God and untangling him from those who loved us well or not so well can sometimes take many years. So if you’re feeling a bit lost and the only tone you hear from Jesus is an angry, frustrated, accusing, disappointed, or condescending one, then I invite you to become aware of this and begin to let it go.

 It may help to read your questions through the filter of 1 Corinthians 13. Try it, and apply these truths or “tones” to your question. Or try reading your question through the filter of Galatians 5:22-22, the fruit of the spirit. 

 To download the instructions and the questions, click here.