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How to Ask Good Questions in a Group

Why ask questions? This is a good question indeed!

Questions provoke thinking and reflection. Good questions provoke good thinking and reflection. In a small group discussion context, we can ask good questions of the Bible text that we are exploring. We can further ask good questions of each other as we bridge applying the Bible to our world and our lives.  

Good questions set up a conducive environment for honest and robust discussion. Good questions lead to good conversations and when done sensitively, pave the way for deep, heart-felt and vulnerable sharing. 

Types of Questions 

Closed Questions  

  • tend to draw out a short focused answer e.g. “yes” or “no” in response to “did you…? Would you…?”  
  • are usually easy to answer, because the choice of answer is limited e.g. from a list of options such as “Would you like a,b, or c…?”  
  • can be useful early in group settings and conversations to encourage participation  
  • can be useful in info-finding situations e.g. “what is your name….? where did you stay when you were 7 years old?”  

Open Questions 

  • allow for wider responses  
  • lots of different types of open question; some are more closed than others!  
  • Might include questions to share about “Who, What, Where, When, Why, How….”  
  • Open questions can be “leading or loaded” pointing the respondent in a certain direction. Try asking in such a way that does not come across as having a pre-judgement (e.g. “How are you spending your free time lately?” vs “Tell us how you’ve been spending your free time.” ) 

Wide Open Questions 

“Any thoughts about….”  

To encourage your group to open up more authentically, we can also ask good questions to delve deeper into issues of our emotional well-being, our sense of meaning and significance, or our aspirations and dreams. Here are some examples you can try: 

  • What is important about this to you? 
  • What does this mean to you? 
  • What area of your life does this impact? 
  • How did that make you feel? 
  • What insights about yourself did you gain today?
  • What would you like to be different about your situation? 
  • What is significant to you about your insight? 

May God grant you wonderful conversations as you begin to ask good questions! 

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Wed, 18 May 2022

The Resurrection and the Rapture

Observation:

What will happen to believers in Christ when the Lord returns?

Deeper Reflection
AT “THE COMING OF THE LORD”, THERE WILL BE BELIEVERS who have already died and those who are still “alive” (v.15). Two things will happen to believers according to a divine order. First, “the dead in Christ will rise first” (v.16). For those who are “alive”, they will not experience resurrection from death, but instead they “will be caught up…in the clouds” – the rapture – and catch up with the resurrected dead, so that “together with them” they will “meet the Lord in the air” (v.17). What will happen to our bodies when all these happen at Christ’s return? Christ “will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body” (Phil 3:20-21). Christ will return “with the sound of the trumpet of God” (v.16). Then, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet”, “we shall all be changed” and “put on the imperishable” body and “immortality” (1 Cor 15:51-53). This glorious transformation of our bodies is founded on the resurrection of Christ.We seem to be concerned with how we die. We wish that we will die peacefully in our sleep into God’s presence. Christians died in diverse ways. Godly people died of cancer. In the Promised Land filled with God’s blessings (Deut 7:12-15), one could be killed by “the head of an axe that slips from the handle” from someone cutting down a tree nearby (Deut 19:5). God’s people can die through accidents. What is more important is, while “our outer man is decaying, our inner man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor 4:16-18).
Application:

What do the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the rapture of living believers at Christ’s Second Coming mean to me personally?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Nations: To find hope in Christ’s Second Coming in this evil world
  • Pray for self

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