Sunday 12 July 2015
- Doubt & Fear – Just Ahead
- Pastor Garey Clark
Welcome home Ian & Tania Vail
- 12 year missionaries in Indonesia
- Work for Wycliffe
Baptism of Sumantha Rao
- Testimony of witnessing miracles
- 12 years an adult believer (from a staunch unbeliever)
- Dozens of friends and family in attendance (Indian community)
Dealing with Doubt
- Everyone doubts from time to time
- There are 3 types:
- Intellectual doubts:-
Did certain things really happen? Do they really mean something?
- Spiritual doubts:-
Am I really a Christian? Is Jesus the only way?
- Circumstantial doubts:-
Why did this bad thing happen to me? Why am I still single?
You can talk yourself out of faith, by not dealing appropriately with doubt.
- Doubt is not the opposite of faith
- Doubt is not unforgiveable
- Struggling with God is not a lack of faith
- Even John (the Baptist) doubted whether Jesus was the promised Messiah (a claim he himself had earlier made) because of the unusual way in which Jesus was operating.
- John was an extraordinary Jew, who, like the majority, expected a conquering King of kings.
- Jesus’ response was not to rebuke John. It wasn’t to answer directly, “Of course I am”. It was to point to the evidence of His miracles. In effect, listen to the testimony of others.
- Then Jesus praised John, despite his doubts, as the greatest man “born of woman”. High praise.
Dealing with Doubt:
- Admit your doubts and ask for help.
John the Baptist did. Get some friends. Don’t do it alone.
- Don’t be afraid to “borrow” some faith.
If you need it, rely on others to help see you through.
- Act on your faith, not your doubts.
Do what you believe to be true. Don’t do things in anticipation of your worst case scenario.
- Doubt your doubts, not your faith.
Your doubts could be unfounded, so why should you place more faith in your doubts than in your original faith?
- Keep going back to what you know to be true.
Return to the basis of your faith and rebuild from there.