We introduce the topic and concept of the book, centered around eight of the questions Jesus asked in his ministry. We pro-pose that asking questions remains a viable means of practicing both discipleship and leadership.
Chapter One - “Do you want to get well?” John 5:1-18
This chapter explores how a question can create movement and overcome paralysis. The question is set in the context of Jesus healing a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years.
Chapter Two - “Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:21-43
This question demonstrates Jesus’ awareness of all, even those who remain invisible to most; and his willingness to lead each one in God’s mission.
Chapter Three - “What do you want me to do for you?” Mark 10:32-52
In this chapter we see how the same question used in two different contexts addresses issues of authority and service in leadership and discipleship.
Chapter Four - “Do you also wish to go away?” John 6:52-71
In this chapter we demonstrate how Jesus used a question to challenge his follower’s commitment to discipleship and lead-ing at a time when many were falling away.
Chapter Five - “Are you still sleeping?” Matthew 26:36-56
Jesus’ question at Gethsemane reveals obstacles to discipleship and leadership, as well as introducing the issue of transfer-ence, all in the name of a crisis.
Chapter Six - “Do you believe this?” John 11
Jesus challenges Martha to believe in resurrection when faced with death. Many leaders in today’s church face a similar challenge as they ask disciples to employ faith in the face of what is often deemed failure.
Chapter Seven - “Do you love me more than these?” John 21:1-17
This post-resurrection question, asked of Simon Peter, demonstrates the power and hope of redemption, and the challenges of creating systemic change.
Chapter Eight - “What then did you go out to see?” Luke 7:18-30
Jesus posed this question to his disciples about John the Baptist, after John’s disciples came, asking if Jesus was the ex-pected messiah. Both questions—the one asked of Jesus and Jesus’ own—get at the legitimacy of leadership, even when it defies our expectations.
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