When you think of growing in God’s word, it’s natural to focus on answers. Maybe you hope to better understand the Old Testament law through Bible study, or maybe you want answers on interpreting the book of Revelation. Perhaps you want answers about a particular doctrine that has troubled you or a verse in the Bible that doesn’t make sense to you. Answers are important, but so are the questions. In the history of Methodism, a key part of John Wesley’s movement was that he put people in groups to ask each other questions, personal questions like, have you sinned against anyone this week and not asked for forgiveness? Has anyone hurt you and you haven’t forgiven them? Have you had impure thoughts? Have you loved your spouse and children? Have you shared Christ with others? Have you taken care of your body with a good diet and exercise? Have you spent your money in ways that honor God? Do you have anyone whom you respect that you have given permission to ask you questions like these on a regular basis? Without allowing someone to question you, it’s doubtful how far you will get in living out God’s Word, no matter how many answers you find.
– Dr. Tim Thompson