Astonished – Part 3 – Facing Doubt
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
Jesus handles our doubt in some remarkable ways.
Life Group Study Guide
Amazing and astounding facts… we all know some. What random ‘strange but true’ bits of trivia have you collected over the years? Share a few with the group…
- Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
- How do you typically handle doubts you may have?
a. I have to find answers! I hate being left in doubt about anything!
b. I try to find answers but accept that some things cannot be resolved
c. I constantly live with doubts and have accepted them as a part of life
d. I don’t think all that much about it
- Read John 20:19-26. This is the event that led to a nickname change from ‘Thomas the Twin’ to ‘Doubting Thomas’. Two things stand out in this scene, besides the obvious one (a dead man keeps showing up): one is how adamant Thomas was in his refusal to believe, and the other is how much a part of the group Thomas remained. He was still hanging out with them eight days later, and when Jesus appeared again, it wasn’t with judgement on Thomas for his lack of faith. Jesus welcomes doubters!! There is a place around the table for people with serious doubts and even skepticism over who Jesus is. What does this tell us about how we should treat others who doubt, and how open we should be about our own doubts?
- Read John 20:27-29. Jesus accepts doubters, but he also challenges them to investigate further and settle the matter. Any one of us in the room who believe Jesus rose from the dead is part of that ‘blessed’ group Jesus was referring to in the end of verse 29. What do you say to someone who argues that, like Thomas, they cannot believe without seeing?
How does Jeremiah 29:11-14 help us understand what a person in doubt needs to do
- Thomas’s life was radically transformed that day. He went from skeptic to missionary, devoting his life to sharing the message of the resurrection of Jesus in places as far from his home as India. While we may not be called to serve as a missionary in India, we are called to be missionaries, to be disciple makers, wherever God sends us. How does our level of doubt or conviction in the reality and significance of the resurrection of Jesus fuel our obedience to this calling?
- How can we as a group live more intentionally as missionaries in this place?
- Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. How does this list of individuals and groups who claim to have seen Jesus alive after his death influence your level of doubt?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?