Sunday Sermon Recap! April 28th
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:54AM
David McElrath

Good Wednesday to you,

 

Doubt is good. If we do not doubt what we know, how do we ever own what we know? Honest doubt leads to honest inquiry, which leads to learning, which leads to living well.

 

This past Sunday we looked at the most famous doubter of them all, Thomas. He wasn’t there when the rest of the disciples first saw the Resurrected Lord. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it” (John 21:25b). One week later, Thomas saw, and declared, “My Lord and my God!”

 

I am glad Thomas wasn’t there that first appearance. I like to think he was not there because we were not there. He doubted as we would have doubted. I mean, really? Risen from the dead? Wishful thinking. Yet the following week Jesus appeared again and directed his invitation to Thomas – “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

 

Most of what we believe is based on good authority, especially historical events. What I did yesterday, who the mayor of Coronado was during WWII, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, are all based on the testimony of people who witnessed those events. Credible witnesses, including an original doubter, saw Jesus after the resurrection. Any standard you apply to authenticating an event from the past will substantiate the resurrection. Why? Because it actually happened. It’s okay to doubt. It’s good for your soul if you doubt honestly.

 

I also appreciate that the disciples allowed Thomas to remain even though he questioned what they saw and believed. There is a lesson there for us. Be very welcoming of any question that comes your way regarding faith in Christ. If you don’t know the answer, let’s find it together. There are good answers out there. Not every question will have an answer right away, but there are enough to enable us to trust God for the ones we don’t have.

 

Next week we will begin a four-part series in Acts, looking at how the Gospel breaks down barriers. We will be looking at Rev. 5:11-14 (Call to worship), Psalm 30 (Old Testament reading first service), and Acts 9:1-20 (sermon text).

 

I hope to see you soon!

 

Pastor David

 

P.S. Jody passed her Ph.D. defense and the dissertation was approved without changes! Congratulations Dr. Jody McElrath!

 

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