The Power of a Question

Aaron Dowds – The Power of a Question | 28/06/20

Jesus was a Great Questioner. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asks—literally—a hundred.

Good questions are essential for good conversation. And good conversation is essential for meaningful interactions and realtionships. And good relationships are essential for success at home and in business.

This means the quality of your questioning and conversation skills impacts directly on your success in life.

The good news is you can learn from one of the Great Questioners who ever lived. Jesus, by having the ability to engage people socially from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, was able to connect with them at a deep level and impact their lives incredibly. But Jesus was great at asking good questions and holding conversation.

His followers are called to do the same. To love people of all backgrounds, cultures, races and personalities by engaging them socially. Good social skills are essential but it must start by a commitment to grow in the skills of questioning and conversation.

Tony Evans, in “Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together” say it well talking about Jesus’ interaction with a Samaritan woman at a well:

“In His willingness to drink from her cup, He gained an opportunity to witness to her soul.

Don’t miss that. If He had not been willing to engage her socially, He would not have had the opportunity to talk to her spiritually.”


Learn how to grow your conversational skills in “The Power of a Question” by Aaron Dowds.

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