Sure, I gave up a lot for my faith, trusting in God that a calling to ministry in the church was worth making alot of personal sacrifices for, but that doesn't mean there haven't been times I've wondered if I made the right decision.
Sure, I preach from the Bible every week, but I often doubt if I have enough of a faith to be the witness God needs me to be on a weekly basis.
Sure, I pray every day, but that doesn't mean I understand the answers I receive or the silence that often comes and wonder how or if God hears me.
Sure, I have my doubts in faith.
And likely, if we are being honest with each other, you do too. Because life is hard and faith within it is even harder. We doubt: Why does evil seem to conquer if God is love? How could the Creator of the Universe know my innermost thoughts? And how on earth could someone who was dead for three days really rise again?
All real and understandable doubts.
This Sunday, we will study the passage of John 20, affectionately called doubting Thomas. This is the passage in which Thomas can not believe Jesus has risen from the dead and insists on seeing and touching his wounds as proof.
Jesus provides that opportunity to allow Thomas to believe.
I love this passage for its honesty as to where so many of us are. And it is the perfect passage to begin a new sermon series in April called: "How to Share Your Faith without being Creepy." Because for so many people, they are afraid to share their faith with another, because they have doubts and do not want to appear unfaithful. But perhaps the opposite is true - perhaps people whose doubts encompass them to the point of believing nothing, could hear your genuine story of doubts and believe all hope is not lost. Hearing other peoples doubts will help them not feel alone. My hope is that sharing your doubts and listening to the doubts of others is a way that we encourage and support one another in faith.
In preparation for this series sermon, I'd like to ask you a favor. I'd like you to send me an email with something in your faith that you question or doubt. Don't worry, I won't name you out loud in the sermon, but I'd like to hear some of the issues and concerns you have in your faith, as a conversation starter. Just send me a quick email at [email protected]mc.comand then come on Sunday to hear how even doubts in faith can be a strong witness.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday,