I interviewed for an online event that offers free training for writers and speakers.
Interviews are exciting, but they can be intimidating. You never know if a question will leave you speechless; yet, questions are helpful. They provide clarity and offer information. Questions can provoke new thoughts. Questions help us develop the gift of speech.
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
I believe Jesus was an effective communicator because He asked compelling questions. Did He need clarity and information? No! The Deity of Jesus Christ reveals He is omnipotent and all-knowing.
Jesus’ questions led people to a journey of self-discovery. Jesus’ questions allowed them to see the obstacles or assumptions that were spiritual barriers.
His thought-provoking questions are still active in scripture offering hope to many hearts. The answers help us forge our fears into faith.
PERSONALIZE THE QUESTIONS
Think of present conflict. (It can be personal, relational, or even tangible.) Ready? Now, let’s look at a few of Jesus’ questions.
…Do you believe that I am able to do this? (Matthew 9:28)
…Who do you say I am? (Matthew 16:15)
…What do you want me to do for you? (Matthew 20:32)
…Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? (Luke 24:38)
…Does this cause you to stumble? (John 6:61)
Mt 9:28, Mt 16:15, Mt 20:32, Lk 24:38, Jn 6:61 New American Standard Bible
When we personalize scripture and honestly answer each question, we begin to understand our need for grace and mercy. God also communicates the all-encompassing love that deepens our relationship with Him. Questions liberate us, and liberty will ignite empathy for others. We can follow Jesus’ example and help others find freedom by asking thought-provoking questions.
BENEFITS OF A QUESTION
I recently heard an online lecture called Introduction to Apologetics: Conversations That Count with Michael Ramsden. (It sounds pretty dry, but it was fascinating.) Ramsden shared five “question” benefits.
1. Questions expose faulty logic
2. Questions expose motive
3. Questions expose a contradiction
4. Questions ensure a conversation
5. Questions make people think
One question can communicate God’s truth more efficiently than an entire sermon. A compelling question lingers and provokes new thoughts.
PURPOSE BEYOND THE QUESTIONS
God has given us a voice to share hope with the world, but we may avoid asking questions. We may power down our questions because we’re afraid we’ll pry or offend. I would simply say, pray.
Pray and let the Holy Spirit lead you. There is a time when questions are inappropriate, and we need to mind our own business. There are other times, however, when love tells us to get into someone’s business.
My interview was an opportunity to share speaking tips, and serve individuals in a public forum. That doesn’t sound very Kingdom driven, but we don’t always know how God will use our obedience. We can, however, be sure of this:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NASB
We’re called to ministry, or in simple terms; we’re called to serve. What “all things” has God given you? Perhaps, it’s wisdom from a painful past, special skills, or a hobby you enjoy. “All things” can be used for His glory.
If God is nudging you speak and give a message of hope, share your testimony or enter a teaching ministry, don’t let fear stand in your way. Practice the art of asking good questions, craft your message, and offer the gift of speech.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Ramsden, Michael. “Introduction to Apologetics: Conversations That Count.” RightNow Media. 2011. Accessed January 29, 2016. https://www.rightnow.org/Content/Speaker/1000168.