“Thomas” – John 20:24-28 – Pastor Larry Kassebaum
“I doubt it!”
Unbelieving is different from doubting.
Doubt helps us question, change and grow.
By the help of God
A better name for Thomas would be brave, determined, or confessing.
In John’s Gospel, believing means you “get it.”
Living with doubt
Make sure your doubt is not an excuse for cowardice and fear.
Be alert the possibility that your doubt might be related to old wounds, rejection and hurt.
1. Why do you think Thomas wasn’t with the disciples for Jesus’ first appearance?
2. Why would John feel this story needed to be added to the stories of Jesus appearing to His disciples?
3. What’s the closest you’ve ever come to having a “Thomas experience?”
4. When you have had doubts in your faith life, what have you found helpful?
5. What was Thomas saying when he referred to Jesus as his “Lord and God?”
6. Have you made Thomas’ confession with your words/life?