For many years, I led youth confirmation classes, sharing mostly with middle high students.  Over all those years, the student I remember the most is the one who asked me the most challenging questions.  His inquisitive and persistent nature made those classes more meaningful because he was voicing the questions a young person had at that point in his life.


I appreciate persons who speak up and ask questions.  Even if I don’t have the answer, it gives me a chance to find the answer for them.  The most challenging the question, the better I like it.


I hope some of you will take the opportunity this coming Sunday to ask your questions about faith, church and the spiritual life.  I will be leading this opportunity at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Genesis. There will be child care, too.


Here are some possible questions. Please add your own to the list and come prepared to share.


What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s world?

I’m a Christian, but why do I need a church?

If God is so loving, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?

Who can receive Holy Communion in our church?

What is included in our ministry for children and youth?

Why do we baptize children who can’t make faith decisions for themselves?

Is it true that Methodists believe in Christian perfection?  (You’ve got to be kidding!)

What makes United Methodists different from other denominations?

What is unique about Genesis United Methodist Church?

What difference does it make whether I am a member of the church or not?

Who decides who the pastor will be in our church?

How do we know what is true, and what is God’s will?

What is the church doing to bring justice in an unfair world?

Why does the church promote so many opportunities to give and to serve in mission?

What are the qualifications to be a leader in our church?

I have lots of doubts and questions about faith and the church.  Do I qualify to be a member?


If you can’t be there Sunday, let me know your questions whenever you can.


Pastor John Ross


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