Friday, November 23, 2007

Answering Tough Questions

[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

[15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

As a youth worker, I am ofter asked questions about the Bible, about our standards, or about other related issues that are often difficult to explain. When you find yourself in a situation like this the temptation can be strong to refer the young person to another who may be more knowledgeable about the subject than yourself. Before you pass the buck, however, consider the benefits of challenging yourself to find the answer:

  1. If you do some studying, you will be obeying 2 Tim 2:15

  2. You will gain more credibility amoung the youth in your ministry, and they will be more inclined to listen when you preach/teach.

  3. God will use these situations to solidify in your own mind what you believe and your own faith will be strengthened.

  4. You will no longer have to rely on the study of another for your convictions, because you will be able to point back to your own study of the Word.

  5. The next time someone comes to you with that question, you will be ready to give them an answer (now you are also obeying 1 Pet 3:15).

  6. You will reduce the workload on the Pastor and other leaders by not passing deep questions off to them.

  7. You will be an example to the other workers of how one should study their Bible.

  8. You will become well equipped to train up new leaders because you are well grounded in the Word.

Hey, ministry involves work and committment so don't shy away from the idea of digging into the Bible for some answers. You'll become a stronger Christian and God will reward you for your efforts!


A Note From Theresa said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day was great!

David Scott said...

Thanks! It was!

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