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Game Changers
Overcome Doubt and Believe
Sunday May 21st, 2017 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui
John 20:24-29

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Jesus' 40 Days of Ministry After Resurrection (Acts 1:3)

"He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."

Jesus Dealt With Doubt

Jesus had to deal with the doubts of his disciples so they can move forward in faith.

What Is Doubt?

Jesus used the word apistos which means unbelief

  • It means unfaithful, faithless, not to be trusted,
  • A perfidious person, deceitful and untrustworthy
  • Without trust (in God) unbelieving unbeliever

The Scripture also used the word distáz?

Meaning "two, double", going two ways, shifting between positions; choosing a double-stance

WHY DID JESUS DEAL WITH DOUBT?

  • Faith is the only way to believe in Jesus and His teaching.
  • Without faith it is impossible to believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

JESUS CONFRONTED THOMAS' DOUBT

  • Dealing with Thomas' doubt is dealing with the disciple's doubt
  • Dealing with Thomas' doubt is dealing with our doubt

THREE SPEAKERS ON DOUBT (John 20:24-29)

In this passage we find three speakers and three different voices on resurrection.
  • 1. THE DISCIPLES
    We have seen the Lord v24
  • 2. THOMAS
    I will not believe unless v25
  • 3. JESUS
    Do not be unbelieving v27

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

What Can We Learn From Thomas?

Thomas was not with the disciples v24

When we disassociate FROM fellow believers, we are in danger of being isolated by the enemy. The enemy uses one the oldest trick to create doubt on our faith

My Lord and my God v 28

  • The confession of Thomas unburden the weight of the lost world
  • The Lord accepts the confession of everyone

The Highest form of faith is believing without seeing (senses) v29, 1Pe 1:8)

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

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