Posted by: pastordarren | November 3, 2010

Asking the Right Questions

Ok, so the text for this week’s morning worship at Hampton Christian comes from Luke 20:27-38 where a bunch of religious leaders ask Jesus a question about marriage, resurrection, and the Mosaic Law.  This is actually a strange story if you think about.  With out going into a lot of detail (you will need to hear the sermon), Jesus basically tells them, you are asking the wrong question.

Ironically, Dick Hamm from the Columbia Partnership, put out an article entitled, “Asking the Right Questions” this week.  In it he addresses some of the things that I have been thinking about in regards to the church and the questions we ask of ourselves.  No question is stupid, but when we don’t ask the right questions, then we don’t have the opportunity to get the right answers or the more complete answers that we need.

When I think of the questions the church is asking itself today, they really seem more related to survival of the current status quo, instead of asking questions that are framed in such a way that we hear God’s calling and can see the needs around us.

Here are some of the questions I think we should be asking ourselves:

  • Do we know the needs of our community, and if we do, are we willing to work to meet them?
  • Are we speaking in word and action the love of God in ways that is heard and understood?
  • Are we open to people who are different from us?
  • Does the church point people to God through Jesus and are we growing individually and cooperately through the Holy Spirit?
  • Are we more concerned with what we “like” or what God has called us to?
  • Are we being good stewards of what we have as resources within the church and in the world?
  • Are we holding on to the past instead of faithfully following God into the future?
  • Are we discerning God’s call or doing programs?
  • How are we engaging the culture of the 21st century?

These are just a few of the questions that I feel are important to ask within any local church.

Read Dr. Hamm’s article and think about what questions are the right ones we should be asking or you would like to ask the church?  Leave a comment with your question.


  1. How about? Is it really possible to do “outreach” without getting our hands dirty? Does God bless hoarding of money and resources while we wait for a rainy day to use these things? How do we respect one generation and nuture another? What keeps us from releasing control and putting God at the head of our church? Or lastly, Do we believe God places a call on a Pastors life? If so, why don’t we allow him to be the spiritual leader?

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