toolbox | intentional inquiry

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This is the fourth post in a six part series on disciple making tools.

John has a rather surprising account of the first words spoken by Jesus (see John 1:35-39):

When the two disciples heard [John the Baptist] say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?

Simply put,

Jesus began his ministry of making disciples by observing people and asking questions.

Here are three reasons that observing people and asking questions continues to be an essential disciple making tool:

It identifies spiritual hunger. Andrew and John wanted to be with of Jesus because John the Baptist described him as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29,36). Jesus saw their interest and invited them to act on it by asking them an intentional question.

It honors people. In order to accomplish the Great Commission, we need to live the Great Commandment. Taking the time to observe people and ask about their thoughts, feelings and desires is an important way to do this.

It creates an opportunity for God to teach. When Jesus asked the Twelve, “Who do you say that I am,” the Father responded by revealing to Peter what only He can reveal: that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-20).

Your turn:

  1. What kinds of questions are helping you make disciples?
  2. What are some other reasons that intentional inquiry is an essential disciple making tool?

Leave a comment and start a conversation!

7 thoughts on “toolbox | intentional inquiry

  1. It seems that personal initiative is an important part of discipleship all along the process. Jesus seems to keep the disciples in situations where they had to take initiative. He even challenged the disciples when the Physical hunger seekers (John 6:65-67) started leaving if they wanted to leave also. Questions seem to be one of Jesus’ favorite ways to engage people. Sometimes it was in your face other times very light.


    1. Thanks, Larry, for underscoring the necessity of personal initiative throughout the disciple making process. I’m challenged to change my thinking from “this situation calls for initiative” to “Jesus is calling forth my initiative.”

      What you shared in another conversation also relates to this post: the earlier we raise spiritual questions the better.

      What do others think?



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