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The Parable of the Sower explains that one of the reasons why people do not accept the word of God is because they do not understand it.

Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.”

It seems to me that the work of the church should be to encourage understanding.

Of faith.

Of the Bible.

Of Christianity.

Of Jesus.

Which leads me to this question: How do you best learn?

If the church is going to focus on understanding, then we need to explore the question of how people learn. There are many different learning styles that can and should be engaged. 

Because let’s face it- with the Bible being written over a period of 1500 years by over 40 different authors in a part of the world that is different than our own- there are going to be questions.

Join Rev. David Bonnema on the blog www.beyondthesermon.com as we explore one faith question each week. No question is off limits. No question is dumb. We believe that faith grows when questions are expressed, not hidden. Got a question? E-mail it to bonnema@palmaceia.org.

And here’s the great part about questions- the Christian faith offers over 2,000 years of people who have engaged with the deep questions of life. We don’t have to struggle to find the answers by ourselves. Instead, we can look to the many other Christians who have debated and discussed the same questions that we have today.

Each week on BeyondTheSermon we’ll tackle a different question about faith and the Bible. If you have a question that just popped into your mind, or a question that has been nagging at you for years: Ask It. Real growth in faith does not happen when we stuff questions deep inside us, but when we express our actual feelings.

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