Developing Sermonic Content:
Here is another great example of the value of asking questions, a worthy practice advocated and taught by Bob Tiede!
Matthew 6:19-34: In verses 19-21, Jesus tells his audience not to “treasure up treasure” on earth, but rather in heaven.
- What do we think it means to treasure up or lay up treasure “in heaven”?
- What would be an example or two of that?
- What gives us that idea?
- What do we mean by “treasure”?
- How do our examples connect with Jesus’s observation about “where your heart is”?
- How would or could the light within a person be darkness?
- [More personal] How confident are we that the light within us is light rather than darkness? — Why?
- What does it mean to “strive first for the kingdom [of God] and its/his righteousness”?
- What would be an example or two of doing that? — What gives us that idea?
- Jesus uses birds and flowers as examples of not being anxious about the future. In what ways are people similar to birds and flowers?
- In what ways are they different?
- Do these similarities and differences have anything to do with humans’ anxieties, do we think? — How?
- Why do we think Jesus thinks we do not need to be anxious about food, drink, and clothing?
- What does Jesus’s attitude tell us about how he understands reality?
- [More personal] Do we share Jesus’s perception of reality?
- Why is that? — Could we? — What would need to change?
- How would or could that happen? 
1. Questions, by Heather Anne Thiessen