Can you believe in Christ (that is, can you follow him) and have doubts at the same time?
I hope so, because that describes me. But I think it describes all followers to some degree, and I’ll show you how it works this weekend.
If you don’t follow Jesus because of your doubts or you’re on the verge of turning away from Jesus because of your doubts, I think there’s going to be a lot from our text this weekend that’s for you.
There are all kinds of reasons for doubting Christ.
Sometimes people doubt the claims of Christ because they haven’t looked into them. And why should they, if they believe it’s irrelevant to them?
Disappointment with God or with God’s people can lead to doubts about Christ.
Unanswered questions can lead to doubt.
But it’s not just those things, it’s like we’re wired to be skeptical. “Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.” Not sure who came up with that, but it’s funny (and true).
We’re wired to be skeptics and that’s way better than believing everything and anything.
“Doubting” Thomas knew Jesus, yet the crucifixion shook his belief in Jesus.
And when your belief in Jesus is undermined, there go your commitment to him and your convictions based on his teaching. So believing is important—believing in Jesus.
So if most of us are prone to doubt, how can we believe in Jesus, even when we have doubts?
Come to hear more as we explore the story about “Doubting” Thomas.
And invite a Thomas in your life.