Dr. John Kessler once said, “To have an unquestioned faith is to have an immature faith.” In many ways, our growth as a Christian is limited or expanded by what we do with this natural progression of Experiential Discipleship. In this period of time there are two types of questions that arise. One is a question of doubt; the other is a question of exploration. God is inexhaustible, and so questioning Him does not break our faith, but rather gives God the permission to reshape our faith around a larger understanding of Him. St. John of the Cross suggested this process can be like a “dark night of the soul” where nothing we once held to makes sense any more. God, however, is faithful and will reveal himself is greater ways as we pursue Him. To rebuild a foundation, one must deconstruct the house, then build a new house on a larger, stronger foundation.
Many Christians become disheartened or judged while going through a period of questioning. Sometimes we become discouraged and abandon our faith, or worse, we become discouraged in someone else’s experience and push them away from our community.
However, at Promise Church, we see questioning as God’s way of refining us and bringing us to a larger vision of himself. We see that David experienced times of questioning, and God carried him through. We see that Abraham experienced times of questioning, and God carried him through. Ruth, Mary, and Peter all experienced times of questioning. God is always faithful through these times. In Experiential Discipleship, God uses our questions to bring us to a larger view of Himself.