The discipleship journey often begins with a question.
“Rabbi, where are you staying?”
“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
Questions have a surprising degree of power that can open doors to unimaginable conversations and consequences. Some of my discipling relationships have begun with the simplest of questions:
“Could you do a Bible study with us?” Asked by a couple of ten-year-old barrio kids.
“So what exactly do you do?” A non-Christian friend.
“Could you help me fix my surfboard?” A neighborhood teenager.
It works the other way as well. We have found one particular question has opened the door to numerous discipleship relationships: “Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about Jesus?”
When the answer is ‘yes’ we see that as evidence that the Holy Spirit is at work. Our job? Show up, read the Bible together unhurriedly, and ask good questions. No, not teach them—the Scriptures will do that. Our job is to ask good questions.
Good questions open doors to incredible discipleship opportunities.