This useful and accessible book explains the significance of some of the questions Jesus asked people in the four Gospels. It is a useful resource for someone beginning to think about Christianity, and for a new believer. We often celebrate Jesus as a teacher: he was also very good at asking questions to get people to think, ponder and reflect, and to challenge them to respond to him. The book has many useful examples of people coming to faith, quotations, and sayings. It communicates well! It is a non-threatening book, well presented, of 96 small and readable pages.
This is a great little book to use in evangelism, and to learn how to begin useful conversations. Brilliant!
Graham Hooper is a lay person, and the books feels as if it belongs in today’s world, rather than a product of a church remote from ordinary life.
Each of Jesus’s questions is placed in its original context, and then applied to people today. You will get the flavour, range, and depth of the book from the list of Jesus’ questions, one in each chapter.
- ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Matthew 16:15)
- ‘Haven’t you read…?’ (Matthew 12:3, 5)
- ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he …go after the lost sheep until he finds it?’ (Luke 15:4)
- ‘Are you still so dull?’ (Matthew 15:16)
- ‘Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ (Luke 24:26)
- ‘Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ (John 20:15)
- ‘Do you see anything?’ (Mark 8:23)
- ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ (Matthew 7:3)
- ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?’ (Luke 17:17)
- ‘Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’ (Matthew 6:27)
- ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ (Mark 10:51)
- ‘How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?’ (Luke 12:56)
- ‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?’ (Mark 8:36)
- ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ (John 6:67)
- ‘Do you love me?’ (John 21:16)
Questions are powerful because they provoke thinking, and get under the skin of those who might reject statements and claims. This is a great little book to use in evangelism, and to learn how to begin useful conversations. It might inspire a sermon or two. All the questions come from Jesus, and so prod and provoke people to respond to him. Brilliant!