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He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."   Matthew 16:15-16


Sermon Excerpt:  Keeper of the Keys, Matthew 16:13-20, Rev. Randy  Quinn

Have you ever paid attention to the kinds of questions people ask?

      Some people ask questions that probe deep into our soul while others ask questions that allow us see into their souls.

      Some people are like lawyers who only ask questions to which they know the answers, as if to test us, while others ask questions that cannot be answered, as if to get our response to what they have been pondering.

      Some people ask questions to confirm their own opinions while others ask questions to explore differing opinions.

If you havent paid attention to the kinds of questions people ask, you probably havent thought about how you ask questions, either.  Im one who tends to listen to a conversation and develop theories.  I then use questions to test my own thinking.  Am I understanding what is being said or not?  Typically, my questions can be answered with a simple yes or no.

Im trying to learn how to ask different kinds of questions, but that tends to be the style I use most often.

Im trying to learn how to ask different kinds of questions because I have often marveled at the way some people use questions.  They ask questions with a different purpose; they can probe and explore things I never thought to explore.

I have a friend, for instance, who always asks questions in a staccato fashion, one right after the other.  I rarely finish answering one before he is asking the next one.  His questions reveal things that would have been hidden and unknown had they not been asked and while it is sometimes frightening to realize what is revealed, I am almost always grateful for the insights his questions bring...Subscribers: click here for the full sermon manuscript.