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A Doubting Faith (3 of 6)
Series: Defining Faith
February 25, 2003
1. Our theme for this series of messages is, "Defining Faith." This is the third of six lessons. Tonight I want to speak to you about doubting faith.
2. When we say, "doubting faith," it is really somewhat of a contradiction, because faith and doubt are mutually exclusive.
a. One cannot have faith and doubt at the same time. When we have faith, we no longer have doubt, and if we have doubt, we no longer have faith.
3. When we think of doubt, we often think of "doubting Thomas." All the disciples had seen the resurrected Christ...all but Thomas, and so, he doubted whether or not it was true.
a. I don't know why he doubted. Jesus had promised He would rise from the dead. Keep in mind; this is the same Jesus who had performed miracles before their eyes. This was the same Jesus who had raised the dead, and they had seen it happen. And yet, Thomas doubted.
3. It kind of reminds me of Christians who have witnessed the hand of God in their lives, and yet, when a trial comes along, they begin to question and doubt.
a. We all remember the story of Peter. Peter walked on water--that is, until he took his eyes off Jesus. Then he began to sink. The Bible says in Matthew 14:31, "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
1) Notice, he had a "little faith," but he doubted.
4. Let me give you three points:
I. The Need of Faith
II. The Exercise of Faith
III. The Lack of Faith
I. THE NEED OF FAITH (VS.6A)
A. We need faith in order to be saved:
1. Without faith in God a man cannot be saved. It takes a certain amount of faith to become a Christian. Romans 3:25, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbeara ...
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