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Reclaiming Faith (5 of 5)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• John 20:24-29 (NIV)
What do we doubt?
• We doubt God's presence
• Ps. 10:1 (NIV)
• We doubt God's purpose
• Ps. 138:8 (ESV)
• We doubt God's power
• Mk. 9:24 (NIV)
1. EXPRESS MY QUESTIONS
• John 20:25 (NIV)
2. EMBRACE THE MYSTERY
• John 20:26 (NIV)
It doesn't start with the paperwork, but most of the time it ends here. I fill in the blanks, reduce some poor soul's story to a few lines. It catches you by surprise … that first rush of fear when you discover the threat.
Mommy, I saw man.
Yeah. I did, over there, a funny man.
That's what a thief does. He steals more than you thought you had at risk. He steals your courage and leaves fear in its place. The thief comes to steal, and he'll take your dreams if you let him.
Well we're concluding the series we've been in the last several weeks that I'm calling Stolen as we've sort of gone back in time to talk about some classic values that are being stolen out of our lives, our families and our culture. And when we started the series, Chris and I took you by video to the oldest theatre in the south, the Palace Theatre in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Palace Theatre is so old that when it first opened, it showed silent movies. So, I thought it would be appropriate to end the series by talking about those times in all of our lives when it seems the heavens are silent. When you're crying out to God for an answer and it seems that God is silent and it feels like He's a million miles away and that's when the thief can come in and steal away our faith and replace it with doubt. I want you to look at a guy in scripture today who struggled with doubt. We call him doubting Thomas; and after Christ's resurrection, Thomas had trouble believing it, but it was this bout with doubt that really strengthened his faith and changed his life.
So open your Bibles to the Book of John, and we're going to begin with Chapter 20, verse 24. Would you stand in honor of God's word and just know that you're standing with all those at our satellite campuses and all those worshiping through our broadcast ministry and online ministry from all over the world and you guys at the Fellowship Campus aren't half bad either. We love you, and we're built on God's word because it's the only thing that will change your life is God's word, and so what brings our church together is Jesus Christ and uniting on the word of God, and that's the foundation for everything we do. So just follow along with me. You don't have to read it out loud. It's a long passage but just follow along.
"Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, 'We have seen the Lord!'