Asking questions is good. Encourage the asking of questions, even if you don’t know the answers!
A faith that quits questioning, quits growing.
—Rev. J. Douglas Paterson in his “What If” sermon series
“What If Having Questions Were More Important Than Having
Here are a couple of questions… but first a bit of background. Our story about John the Baptist is found in all four Gospels. The Gospel according to John (a different John than John the Baptist) includes a picture metaphor.
One day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Look, the Lamb of God.” (John 1:36)
So if having questions is a way to grow…
Why did John the Baptist call Jesus “the Lamb of God”?
In Jesus’ time, lambs were offered (twice a day) as a sacrifice for people’s sins. An animal’s life — to pay the penalty for sin. Calling Jesus the “Lamb of God” meant that Jesus would take the place of a lamb; Jesus would die to take away our sins.
How did John the Baptist recognize that Jesus was the Messiah?
Wonder together! What questions have your kids asked about this story?
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Lambs by A. Roger Davies, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.
A little while back I’d suggested that a way to talk about faith with your kids was to make family dinner a priority. (Click on “family dinner” to read that post.)
Sometimes getting conversation going at the table can be tough, especially for older kids. Here’s an idea:
Before dinner glance at this brief post from “HuffPost Family Dinner Downloads.”
HuffPost? What’s that?
In the words of the editors…
Every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week — stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.
This particular HuffPost Family Dinner Download happens to be about eating healthy and about one particular retailer (amazingly enough) agreeing to help with that effort especially for folks with limited incomes. Lots of room for various discussion – there are even questions provided to spark conversation!
But where is “faith” in this discussion?
Glad you asked? To tie your discussion to our current Rotation at at FUMC, bring up the question: What did John the Baptist eat?
The answer: locusts and wild honey! (Matthew 3:4) Yum?
Here are some other questions to discuss:
- Do you suppose people thought John was strange? Why do you think that?
- Do you suppose that his strange diet (and his strange clothes) were what drew people to him?
- Oh, so why else did they want to listen to what John the Baptist had to say? And what was it he was saying/doing?
- John the Baptist baptized with water. What are some ways water gives and sustains life in the world?
- Why is water a symbol of what God does for us at baptism?
If your children have been baptized, tell them about it. If they haven’t been baptized, discuss baptisms they’ve seen. Enjoy your family dinner!
Dinner table photo by vizzzual-dot-com, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.