Got Questions?

by Justin Windham, Associate Pastor of Outreach & Discipleship

got questionsMany of us are a part of a unique generation–one that lives in the “internet age,” but also remembers a time before the World Wide Web.

In middle school, I can distinctly remember the tedious task of using big, physical, multi-volume encyclopedias to do research for homework assignments.
Yet, just a few years later in high school, I was browsing the internet to find information as though I had been doing it my whole life. Today, I can’t imagine not having the internet at my fingertips at any moment during the day.
As a child being raised in a Christian family, I learned a lot about God and the Bible through my parents and church. But when I had questions about faith, doubt, Jesus, the origins of the universe, pain and suffering, sin, and more–I didn’t know how to find the answers.
Aware of my frustrations, my parents bought me a reference book called, Where to Find It in the Bible: A Reference Guide from A to Z. I tattered that book’s pages as I would regularly scour it for biblical answers to very real questions I had.
Once our home PC became “web-enabled,” I began searching online for those same answers but quickly realized there was no “biblical orthodoxy” filter that ensured the results I found were actually from a Christ-honoring, bible-based perspective.
A few years later, a new and unique website called GotQuestions.org was published with the explicit mission of seeking “to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by providing biblical, applicable, and timely answers to spiritually related questions through an internet presence.
Since that discovery, this has been my single most treasured online resource in my personal life and ministry.
The website does not just offer certain theologians’ opinions, but uses the Scriptures as the primary source of drawing conclusions. If a potential claim cannot be soundly backed by Scripture, the claim is not made.
And when ambiguity remains and clear-cut answers cannot be arrived at with confidence, the website gives the most compelling Scriptural arguments from the most prevalent views and leaves the reader to arrive at his/her own conclusions.
I have long believed that God is not afraid of our questions. If He’s truly God, there will always be satisfying answers to our most daunting questions.
Certainly, some of those questions won’t be answered on this side of heaven, but until then, www.gotquestions.org does a fantastic job attempting to fill the gap.
To understand the depth and breadth of this resource, I’m posting their current Top 10 most frequently asked questions. Click the links to view the related article.
As much as I love this website, like any extra-biblical material, no man-made resource is perfect and no one has all the answers except God Himself. I hope you enjoy using this website, but remember to always search the Scriptures for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance as you seek truth.


The Power of God’s Unrivaled Word

by Chad Porter, Pastor of Student Discipleship
 

Power of Gods Word“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” — Isaiah 55:10-11

God’s Word is not an impersonal thing or merely dead writing on a page. It is living. It is active. It pierces our soul. As one author puts it, “It changes what it touches.”¹

In light of this, two questions come to mind as I consider these verses from Isaiah.

First, how’s our attitude with respect to our own reading of the Bible? Do we see it as a chore? Is it boring for us to spend time meditating on this book? Do we say by our actions that it doesn’t matter all that much or that it’s just not that helpful? God, forgive us! This text is a preservation of God’s very words to his people. This book is where we’re told who the God is, who we are, and how we relate to our all-powerful Creator. This book is what the Holy Spirit uses to teach us, train us, encourage us, convict us, and change us.

God intends to grow us in holiness and he has decreed that this will come about THROUGH HIS WORD. May God give us a love for this precious text.

Second, do we believe in the power of God’s Word in our evangelism? I know in my own life I often get scared that whoever I’m sharing with won’t receive what I have to say—that is, I won’t be able to convince them and they’ll just reject me. After all, what do I have? Bible verses? What unbeliever would give even two seconds of their time and mental power to think about what the Bible says?

These are the kinds of thoughts that, I’m sorry to say, run through my head all-too-often. Oh, how small is my view of God’s powerful testimony in the Bible! His word will go forth and accomplish that which he purposes (Is. 55:11), period. What power and confidence we have in evangelism when the King of all creation—the one who alone has control over everything that lives and moves and has being—has told us that he will use his Word to accomplish his purposes. It will change what it touches.

Far from boring, then, this book is filled with the very life our souls desperately need. Far from weak and insignificant, this text is God’s mighty weapon to pierce the soul of an unbeliever as we faithfully proclaim it in evangelism.

We are a people of the book. We base our lives and all we believe on what’s written in the Bible’s pages. May God make us a into people who, in our actions, show that we truly and passionately love his precious Word.


 

¹ Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change, p. 23.