At the end chapter 12 of Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, Martin Copenhaver summarizes his book with 3 foundational questions. As a matter of fact, I believe how he words it, the questions could serve as a tremendous 3-part sermon series.

See if you don’t agree.


There are three questions that Jesus repeats in the Gospels. Those three questions, read together, capture so much about what it means to encounter Jesus: 

Jesus asks, “What are you looking for?”

He asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”

And He asks, “Do you love me?”

“What are you looking for is a question for those who yearn for God knows what (quite literally) and end up including what they are yearning for is God. 

“What do you want me to do for you?” is the question asked by a Lord who acts more like a servant, eager to tend to our needs. 

“Do you love me?” is the question asked by someone who wants to be in relationship with you and is willing to become completely vulnerable in order to do so. 

If you want to grasp what a Christian life entails, repeat often these three questions and hold them close. 


I love that. And I don’t know about you, but I see a sermon series in the future using this as my outline. What do you think? Anyone ever done something similar? How did it go?