IN DOUBT: Lesson 3
John 20:24-29 (NLT)
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[c] was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
WHEN YOU’RE “IN” WITH JESUS, YOU SAY “YES” EVEN WHEN YOU DOUBT.
Focus of Teaching for This Series
“Are you in?” It’s a question we all answer over and over again. When there’s a party, when our coach says it’s time for tryouts, when we’re offered a summer job, when our friends go to the movies, or when someone invites us to church, we all have the chance to decide if we’re “in” or “out” for that particular activity. Sometimes the answer is an easy, “Count me in!” Other times it’s tougher. There are good reasons on both sides. Some of Jesus’ friends were faced with the same decision of whether they were “in” or “out.” They had good reasons to join the Jesus movement, but they also had some pretty compelling reasons to step out—things like doubt, guilt, pride, and the fear of what they might miss. As we get to know these sometimes famous and devoted followers, we’ll talk about the decision they faced, why they could have walked away, and what led them to say, “I’m in.”
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST QUESTION OR DOUBT RIGHT NOW?
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Have you ever heard a really crazy story? Maybe your grandfather, or your best friend, or your coach has an outrageous story you’ve heard over and over again, but each time you hear it, you wonder if it could possibly be true. It sounds so crazy that you doubt it actually happened the way they say it did. Faith in God can feel like that sometimes. We read and hear so many things about Jesus, but we wonder if they could actually be true. In other words, we doubt. And we probably feel bad about that doubt each time we do. But the good news for us is that we’re not the first—and we certainly won’t be the last—to question or doubt God. In fact, some of His closest followers wrestled with feelings of doubt and disbelief. And as we take a look at one of those followers this week, we’ll see that we can still be “in” with Jesus even in the face of our doubts.