Backwords

01 March
2018

Deep Questions and Thoughts

First off, I want to thank everyone at The Neighbourhood for being so welcoming to me and my family. It is exciting to join a team of people with both a heart for God’s house and the desire to see their city filled with love. Thank you!

A few months back, Pastor John wrote a Backwords about taking time to think and the value of just processing.  I really enjoyed that post and want to continue our Pastor’s thoughts. Perhaps the reason for that is that I have been on a similar journey of making time to think over the last couple of years.

We often use terms like ‘thinking out loud’, ‘audible processing’ or ‘I can’t hear myself think’. No matter how we think things through or process them, it is essential that we take that time. This has become more important to my faith than any other area of my life. The questioning took me beyond learning details or facts to experiencing something deeper. When we start to think things through, process scripture in context and history or just disagree, we can irritate the status quo and push on invisible walls that need to move so we can grow.

When did it become wrong to ask deep questions, read through ancient eyes and leave pieces of theology in the ‘unsure’ category? We get license to work out our salvation and seek God for wisdom, yet often times we just assume that what we know is what we know.

Many years ago I began asking the question, why. Why do we do communion like this? Why do we pray like that? Why do we believe what other churches don’t? Why do we use that term if it’s not in scripture? Then I noticed that others were doing the same thing, those who were serious to find the answers found a deeper faith and richer relationship with their Jesus and their spiritual family.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6. I have found that I can either get the answers I want (filtered through my experiences and what I already thought I knew) or I can approach with faith and seek truth and understanding.

If you think back through church history, this type of questioning is how Christianity spread, the reformation was put into motion, and even why Azuza street was allowed to breathe something fresh into North America.

Maybe your questions and deep thoughts could lead to something great too. 

Many blessings over your month of study, prayer and thought!

 

Pastor Michael Fischer 

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