Questions are vital to our faith.

There was a point in time when I was nervous to ask questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, the church, and faith. I was worried that it would show weakness, that it would look like I didn’t have a strong enough faith in God. However, I found that asking questions and wrestling with them has not weakened my faith, but strengthened it. Questions have allowed me to be honest and vulnerable before God and engage the living God who walks with us in this life full of questions.

Rob Bell in his book, Velvet Elvis, proclaims, “Questions, no matter how shocking or blasphemous or arrogant or ignorant or raw, are rooted in humility. A humility that understands that I am not God. And there is more to know. Questions bring freedom. Freedom that I don’t have to be God and I don’t have to pretend that I have it all figured out. I can let God be God.”

Abraham asked questions. Moses asked questions. Mary asked questions. Jesus asked questions.

Voice your questions, your doubts, your struggles that are deep in your heart. By engaging these questions, we can be free from having the answers to everything and instead stand in wonder and awe in the presence of the One who has the answers.

This summer we are going to celebrate the questions that we have. On Sundays, throughout the month of July come and engage some of the questions that many faithful people ponder: What happens after we die? Why do bad things happen to good people? Is Christianity the only way? Do we believe in one God or three?

I look forward to embracing these questions with you!

Pastor Devon Earle

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We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

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