Sometimes Christians like to act like they have all the answers. I hate that. Besides being annoying, the problem is that when you have all the answers, you stop learning. I will remind you often that we are called to be disciples and disciples are learners. A disciple isn’t a status of maturity. A disciple is a learner or a student. A disciple of Jesus is a learner of Jesus and our primary means is the bible.
I am continuing a series of posts on the bible as we begin the new year. You can find the others here and here. The key to bible study and all learning is asking good questions. I like the Chinese proverb that says, “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”
We cannot afford to be fools in regard to the bible. The bible reveals God to us. The bible exposes our weaknesses. The bible changes us. The key to letting the bible do it’s good work is asking good questions. In the Timothy Method, I shared a series of questions that can help you understand and apply God’s Word to your life.
I want to add one more question that can transform your bible study.
As you read the word, ask “What doesn’t it say?”
We read the bible and ask questions to help us understand what it says. Flip that upside down to gain a whole new perspective. Let me give you an example with John 10:10. Jesus says:
“I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.”
The basic truth is that Jesus is the source of life. That is vital information, but consider how that truth is magnified when we ask the question “What doesn’t it say?”
It doesn’t say that I am going to find life by making more money.
It doesn’t say that I am going to find life by driving a classic car.
It doesn’t say that I am going to be happy when I finally get married or have a family.
It doesn’t say that the key to my joy is losing twenty pounds.
It doesn’t say that I am going to be satisfied when I get that promotion.
It doesn’t say that life will be good when my child makes the honor roll.
It doesn’t say that dream vacation is going to fill me up.
It says that Jesus Christ came into this world to give me a full and satisfying life. Jesus does that.
Asking the simple question “What doesn’t it say?” can really bring your bible study alive and help you see the implications of the text. Try it next time you open up God’s Word.