QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - Bible Study Lesson Outline
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
All of us have questions about things in life, thing in the Bible, world events, or things in our future. Sometimes the answers come to us, other times we have to search for the answers, but sometimes we can’t seem to get answers. I believe you should question, think, and constantly learn. It's a good thing! But I also realize that questions (and answers) need to have the right motives and reasons. The Bible has something to say about it! (*wisdom, knowledge)
I. TYPES OF QUESTIONS
A. Hard and hidden. (2 Pet 3:16) "...some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest..."
B. Obvious and easy. "For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off...But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it." (Deut 30:11,14)
C. Honest and sincere. (Jer 29:13) "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
D. Foolish and critical. "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him." (Prov 26:4)
E. Profitable OR unprofitable. (Titus 3:9) "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain."
II. PURPOSES OF ASKING QUESTIONS - Some good reasons and some bad reasons for asking questions.
(2 Timothy 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
A. To become wise. Foolishness is where we begin, and as we learn we become wise. (1 Pet. 1:14, 2:15)
B. To solve a problem.
C. To gain comfort and security. (2 Thess 2: 15,17)
D. To further a plan. (Prov. 20:18, Luke 14:31)
E. To satisfy curiosity...or be nosy. (Not a good reason.)
F. To stump someone and appear to know more. (Does this help the questioner?)
G. To excuse ourself, justify behavior, or beliefs. (Does it make it right?)
III. WHERE TO FIND ANSWERS
- Whether about "earthly things" or "spiritual things", only a few basic sources.
A. People with experience. Not just your friend.
(1 Kings 12:8) "But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him"
B. Books (or internet, videos, etc.)
C. Living life. Trial and error and experience will eventually teach you some things. (Is this the best way to learn?)
D. THE Book. You must read it daily. (Are you at this level?)
E. Ask God for the answer in prayer. (James 1:5) "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
IV. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THE ANSWER
A. Think about it until you understand it. It might lead to more questions. But don't just stop searching! (Acts 17:11) "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
B. When you understand it, change your beliefs and then your actions. (James 4:17) "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
C. If you don't understand the answer fully, at least find out if its true or false. (1 Pet 1:11-12) "searching"
D. Share your knowledge! (2 Timothy 4:2) "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
V. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ANSWERS
A. Some are easy to find, but some are hard to figure out.
B. We live in a time of quick answers, but many valuable questions take time and effort to answer.
C. The truth is not always pleasant. Not every answer you learn is easy or fun. You must be prepared to accept, obey, or abide by things you didn't want to be true. (Galatians 4:16) "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
D. Knowing the truth of things makes you more accountable and responsible for what you know. (Ez 33:6, James 3:1, Ecc. 7:16)
E. Freedom comes from awareness and knowledge of truth (John 8:32). (One main characteristic of enslavement is ignorance.)
F. God knows all the secrets. Sometimes He reveals them to diligent seekers. (Deut 29:29, Daniel, Is 48:6)
G. There are some things you are not to know, and you will not be able to find out. (Matt. 13:11, Acts 1:7, 1 Cor. 13:12)
H. There are some things you can find out, but should leave alone. (Ecc. 7:21)