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Christ is risen! He has risen indeed, Alleluia!

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We concluded our Questions Jesus Asked series on Easter with “Why Do You Doubt?” with over 2100 people at our beach services. For some people doubt is not an issue. The Bible says it and that is good for you. However, for others they need more. For many want to believe, but they need more to believe. They don’t want a faith that is their parent’s faith, their church’s faith, but their faith.


Doubts come in all different shapes and sizes. Many in the church think if you have doubts that you are really not a Christian. I would take just the opposite position and say doubts are the beginning of a real, sincere, grounded faith in Jesus Christ. Infact, I would argue that if you haven’t had honest doubts you may never experience the depth of the faith that you could have.

When Jesus rose from the grave and appeared to the disciples, there was one disciples who missed out. It was Thomas. Thomas missed church and he missed a lot when He missed church. He missed Jesus. He missed His guidance, love, and the peace to be still in a life of chaos. He missed getting what he needed most!!! Good news! Jesus comes back again and appears to Thomas. Notice Jesus goes directly to Thomas to minister to him. Look and see what happens after his encounter with Jesus. It changes everything.

24Now Thomas (also known as Didymusa ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “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.” 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”(John 20:24-29)

Thomas was unfairly branded as a doubter. Thomas was a person of great faith. Thomas shows us that doubt is not the end of real faith.  For many people, it’s only the beginning. And once Thomas got what he needed, he traveled farther than any other disciple, going all the way to India to preach the Gospel, because he so believed they needed a relationship with the Christ that had transformed him. And when they met him, early in a cave one morning, and said, “Renounce your faith” – the enemies of Christ – he said, “I would never renounce my Lord and my God.” And they drove a spear through his body. The Jesus that Thomas doubted was the Jesus that Thomas was willing to die for. Thomas then believed in Jesus enough to die for Him.

I would ask you this, do you believe enough to live for Him? Do you believe enough to live for Him? Because this builds my faith. This helps me through my doubts.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

You see, my faith is not always perfect. I have doubts, just like other people. But when I am with Jesus, He reveals Himself to me, in a way that moves me through my doubts, to faith that believes the tomb is empty, and He is risen. And with billions of other people, on every continent on Planet Earth, we gather together today to say we believe He is the Son of God. We believe the tomb is empty. We believe He is risen. He has risen indeed. Alleluia!

Some of you walked in with some doubts, and I’m going to tell you, that’s a good place to start. Because it’s worthy of asking the real questions. Doubt is not the end of real faith. For many people, it is the beginning. And I believe that, at this moment, there are those of you who, because of the presence of God is here and reaching out to you, will stop doubting, and will believe.

Join us this Sunday as we start our new series called, Don’t Believe it! This will be a very practical series that gets at things we say that are not true.  This Sunday we talk about Don't Beleive God has a blueprint of your life.  You won’t want to miss this series and our Newcomers Lunch this Sunday, 11:30, at the main campus.


Pastor Jason