Asking Good Questions and Sunday School

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8:27-29 NIV)


            Thanks to our team leader, Ken Kessler, I recently read Mark Miller’s article “The Right Questions Can Change your Life.” (Here is the link: ) Mark was meeting with John Maxwell as he finished a manuscript, “Questions Leaders Ask.” What I discovered is what Life Coaches have been trained to do and Jesus often did as written in the Gospels: asking powerful questions can lead to change.  


            Here are some of the questions from Mark’s article from John:


 1. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?

2. What are you learning now?

3. How has failure shaped your life?

4. Who do you know that I should know?

5. What have you read that I should read?

6. What have you done that I should do?

7. How can I add value to you?

            I would suggest that these questions are excellent for you to ask your class members in order for you both to grow in your walk with Christ. I would add a couple of more thoughts:


What do you want your legacy to be? In other words, what influence do you want to have before you die? Are there things you need to do that you are not doing now for this to happen? Are there things you need to let go of in order for this to happen?

What is God saying to you about your life through this text right now? What changes need to be made?

For us to move to a learning model instead of a teaching model, we need to ask good questions.

What questions would you ask beyond these? (Feel free to comment and let me know.)

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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