8 Ways to Get Your Grace Questions Answered

question-markLast week many of you helped me give away 13,000 copies of The Gospel in Ten Words. It was truly a team effort. If you told your friends they could get a free Kindle download, perhaps by sharing a message on Facebook, then you had some skin in the game. Thank you! Be encouraged because many are now hearing the good news of God’s unconditional love and grace for the first time. Go team!

And if you don’t believe me when I say many are hearing about grace for the first time, you should see my in-tray. It has been swamped with emails, messages, and questions, questions, questions!

This is wonderful for it means people are thinking and checking things out for themselves. They want to know more about the undiluted gospel of grace.

The downside, however, is there is little chance I’ll be able to answer even a tenth of the questions that are now coming my way. If you write to me, the odds are high that you’re not going to get a response. I’m sorry about that. I would love to sit down with you and just chat. But it’s not going to happen. There’s only one of me and a lot of you.

But your questions are good! And since they may speak to deep shifts in understanding that the Holy Spirit is working out in your life they deserve good answers.

So how can you get the answers you are seeking? Here are 8 suggestions:

1. Ask the Holy Spirit. I am serious about this. We have a teacher-centric culture in the modern church that promotes an unhealthy dependence on men. I can say that because I am a teacher. But the Holy Spirit is the Teacher of all teachers (John 16:13). He really is the highest authority on every subject, every problem, and every question.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been puzzled by something, asked the Lord for wisdom and understanding, and he’s given me revelation, often immediately. Perhaps this is easier for some people than others, I don’t know. What I do know is that the sooner we all learn to rely on the Holy Spirit, the better we will be. So I strongly encourage you to take your questions directly to the Lord and put James 1:5 into practice.

Of course, the Holy Spirit works through people. But if you take your question to someone with a mixed-up theology, you’ll likely get an answer tainted with an unhealthy mixture of old and new covenant theology. In view of that, I also recommend the following approaches to asking questions.

2. Search the archives. Want to know my least favorite kind of message to receive? It’s the one that begins, “Paul, have you written anything on…” Please, please, PLEASE, check out the subject index or use the search box at the top-right corner of this website.

3. Search the scripture index. This brand-new feature, added at the end of 2014, will direct you to hundreds of posts on hundreds of scriptures. If you want to know my take on, say Matthew 6:14 or Hebrews 10:25, that’s the place to look.

4. Join an ongoing discussion here on E2R. How do you do that? Search the E2R archives, find a post on the subject you are interested in, and ask your question as a comment in the discussion thread underneath that post. That way you will attract responses from others with an interest in the same subject. I personally have learned much from the discussion threads under posts.

5. Post your question on E2R’s Facebook page. Don’t send me a private message – I don’t often check my messages and they back up big time – but post your question on E2R’s Facebook page for all to see. Do keep your question short (2-3 sentences max), and phrase it like this: “Does anyone have any insight into….” Invite people to contribute. E2R readers are an amazing bunch of people who love to help others.

6. Put your question on someone else’s FB page. E2R is hardly the only grace-based page/group on Facebook. There are dozens, if not hundreds of good grace pages with more being added every day.

7. Write about it. This may surprise you, but many of the posts here on E2R were written because I was puzzled about something. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and as I write the Holy Spirit guides me. I know this doesn’t work for everyone but it may work for you. Give it a go.

8. Send me a message, but do so knowing that I probably won’t be able to reply. How can you increase the chances of getting a reply from me?

(i) Keep it short. (Unless you’re writing to encourage me, in which case lengthy essays I can frame and show Camilla are welcome!)

(ii) Don’t think of me as The Answer Guy. If I am able to answer your question, don’t hit me with five follow-up questions. Milked cows need a break.

(iii) To avoid disappointment, don’t ask me to join your online group, Skype you, phone you, or weigh in on some argument you’re having on Facebook. Do feel free to invite me to lunch though!

(iv) Understand that my goal is to reveal Jesus and help you experience the Father’s love. So don’t ask me about politics or obscure Bible passages pertaining to the Nephilim or what-have-you. Neither of us has time to waste on controversies or godless chatter (2 Tim 2:16).

(v) Don’t expect me to have an opinion on everything. I am quite comfortable saying, “I don’t know.”

(vi) Don’t ask me what I think about another man’s ministry or the latest controversial article from Tom, Dick, or Harry. I love my brothers and sisters and I’m not interested in creating fracture lines in the body of Christ.


  1. Thank you Paul for giving away so many copies of your book. We know where your heart lies!
    Peter Wilson

  2. WOW! what a gracious, graceful way of responding to too many questions. That is what I call “practicing what you preach” and using your gifting In wisdom and humility for the Glory of God :)

  3. Hi Guys,
    I see the poll above has a comment option. Please don’t use it as I can’t respond. Use the regular comment form you see underneath this. Thanks.

  4. Hi Paul,

    I’ve been a regular reader of your blog, and I missed out on the free ebook giveaway, is there by any grace a link where I can get it again for free? Also what are your thoughts on Joyce Meyer? Is she preaching mixed grace?

  5. lets do lunch, have your people call my people and we can meet in maybe? california

  6. Gilly Stott says:

    Hey Paul. Can I please make a request – well more of a plea, really?! Is there ANY possibility you might be producing a cracking, grace-based leaflet/booklet specifically aimed at not-yet-believers?! The Gospel in 10 Words is fantastic but I know a whole book can seem a bit much to many first-tasters. It would be absolutely great to have something simple and slim to keep several copies ready in my bag for when i go “shopping”. i’d be happy to purchase a good quantity and I wouldn’t mind betting others might too!
    Thanks for listening to my plea!
    Big blessings,

    • Hi Gilly,
      This is a question I get asked a lot and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for years. It is my heart’s desire to do this, but I know if I whip something up it’ll just be me and it won’t be that good. I’m waiting for a flash of Holy Spirit inspiration! That said, I haven’t been idle and for the past 6 months I’ve been working on something that is wholly unlike the 3 books already available. I’ll make an announcement about that later in the year.

      • Hi.
        Wondering if you have progressed with this booklet idea? Tracts I come across are really not so good and I have contemplated making one but not sure how. I want to reach out to people but not sure how.

      • I have made some progress, but not much. I hope to have some more news on this front in a few months.

  7. khayyam modir says:

    I signed up for the blogs but got no blogs nor ebook. please help? thanks! khayyammodir@gmail.com

  8. Hey Paul! I work as a chaplain at a Christ-centered non-profit children’s home for restoring children who have been abused and neglected. The people I work with are amazing, and we have much in common (love kids, Jesus, etc), but come from many different Christian backgrounds (from Catholic to Baptist to Pentecostal). I want to spread grace!

    Are there any ministers you recommend who–in our mixed to true grace journey–are good for beginning the process? Staff have been interested in gathering to watch videos. And we are seeing fruit of the gospel on campus! Holy Spirit is doing what only He can do. But just curious what might be a good place to start for a broad audience!

  9. Good evening Paul, I am writing to you regarding the rapture and tribulation, there is much on the internet about rapture then tribulation or tribulation then rapture and some of the different sites contridict each other, What I did get from one of the sites what whether the rapture occurs first then the tribulation or tribulation then rapture, we should be looking forward to being with Christ. I look foward to your thoughts. Thank you for the suggestion to ask the holy spirit, my body is tingling

  10. Hello Paul, do you have a teaching on fasting? Thanks

  11. Paul will you please pray for me? I read your series on a better way to pray- speaking to your mountains and it was profound and insightful. I’m trying to understand how to pray and believe like you do now over sickness. For now, I’m asking you to pray for my healing. With deep appreciation and overwhelming gratitude thank you for your gift of prayer. Thank you for pursuing the Lord and learning who He is so that you found a better way to pray for healing. I just discovered you and your blogs yesterday and read the series on a better way to pray with bated breath. I will be buying the book you recommended. Thank you.

    • Kristy says:

      I received a better way to pray and divine healing made simple today and cannot wait to read them. Thank you for sharing.

  12. hey Paul would you be so kind to help me understand in Galatians 6:8 through 9 where it says Do not be deceived God is not mocked for whatever a man sows that he will also reap. for he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption but he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit reap everlasting life and let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart therefore as we have opportunity let us do good to all especially to those who are in the household of Faith. for me when I read this it makes me think I have to do Works to stay saved and I know that’s not true but just trying to get some understanding and meaning of this I was saved here just a little while back so I am kinda new at all this :)

  13. Geraldine says:

    Paul, now that my eyes have been opened to undiluted grace, thanks to you and Joseph Prince and other hyper grace teachers, I’m having difficulty finding a church. I live in New England, USA, a region where Christianity suffers. Any suggestions?

  14. John Gale says:

    Paul How do I interpret 1 John ch 1 v 9, with Jesus paying for my past present sins. I need to sort this to help me progress. Many Thanks

  15. grandma says:

    Paul, I’ve been a subscriber for awhile on your site, but now I’m not getting emails that notify of new posts. Have I been deleted from your site? (Using an android phone) Also, I had downloaded the grace pack onto my tablet. Tablet had a meltdown and had to do a factory reset. Your books were lost, when I tried to redownload them, it saw me as a brand new subscriber. What do I do from here?

    • Subscriptions are managed entirely by readers. We couldn’t delete you even if we wanted to. Sounds like you may need to resubscribe. Sorry for the hassle.

  16. Can anyone help me out on Luke 21:36? New to this and stuck on why Jesus told the disciples to pray that they may be counted worthy to escape??

  17. Hi Paul,
    Have been so blessed by E2R! I saw in your bio you lived in CA in the past. Do you recommend any Grace churches in the California Bay Area?

  18. Hi Paul. I’ve been following your blog and have read some of your books, and it’s all right on! What baffles me, however, is the number of times you quote Brennan Manning (who used a bit of Eastern mysticism and leaned towards Universalism – contrary to Scripture) and Charles Spurgeon (a Calvinist who believed that some people were born to be saved and some to be damned – also against Scripture, and at the completely opposite end of the spectrum from Manning!) Your writing, however, makes the grace message very clear – neither Universalist nor condemning. Thank you for your posts.

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