Middle Schoolers ask great questions.

ASK [Almost] ANYTHING.Students ask awesome questions. Many times curiosity drives their exploration of faith and truth, and we want to reward their wonderings with some godly wisdom and timely truth. A few times a year we do this in our ASK [Almost] ANYTHING sessions with the middle schoolers at Willamette Christian Church. Today we tackled these questions students have been asking.

We’re received questions about relationships:

  • How do you help a friend who is struggling?
  • How do I get along with my siblings?
  • I have a friend who likes someone who I think is rude.  Should I tell her, or should I just leave the issue alone?

And on Christian living:

  • Why does God want us always to forgive? Isn’t it sometimes too bad to always forgive?
  • What did you make me for?  What is my purpose?
  • How can I hear God talking to me?

Questions about God:

  • Who created God?
  • [Asking God] Why did you make Satan if He knew that he would become the devil?
  • [Asking God] How do You know all?
  • Why don’t You do stuff like the burning bush anymore?

And serving:

  • What are some things that I can do as a home school student to serve God?
  • What are more ways to serve God and others?

There are also questions on doctrine and theology:

  • What age do babies automatically stop going to heaven?
  • What is it like in heaven?
  • When will the world end?

And many other questions showing the students’ curiosity:

  • Was Solomon really the smartest man ever?
  • Will you wash away my sins?
  • I believe in God, but sometimes I am afraid that I will go to hell.  How can I be sure that I won’t?
  • When you pray for something, does it come true?



2 thoughts on “Middle Schoolers ask great questions.

  1. We should do Ask [Almost] Anything with the grown-ups, too… I bet you’d hear a lot of the same questions. 🙂

  2. So true! We made it through a handful of questions, and will keep the others for future weeks. Pre-teens and early teens don’t quite have the abstract reasoning skills as adults, but it is evident they want to think more than we tend to push them. They are concrete thinkers, but many have developed an appetite to want to think. Curiosity is the key to learning, and I think it’s healthy to get them curious about godly themes. (Many of them already are.) We do these Q&A times to whet their appetite to discover more. (I also plan them to give our younger teachers opportunities to construct solid arguments in a short span; this is for their growing too.)

    One obstacle to doing this with the masses is that we adults are generally lazy. Not completely lazy, but in those areas we feel less confident we don’t want to try. Teens don’t mind taking risks; adults are fearful of failure. Why is that? (Did each of us try and fail, and then were we told we were failures/stupid/incapable?)

    So, it’s an odd mixture: concrete thinkers who desire to push the envelope (as in the case of teens), and adults who can think abstractly more readily, linking together concepts and bringing those to bear on our lives, but all the while wanting to play it safe.

    Grateful Jesus welcomes us to Ask [almost] Anything.

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