We live in a culture that has a lot to say about what faith is
We have decided to live by faith not by sight
Review – we unpacked what faith is biblically
Romans 4:1–3 (NIV) — 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
But we will live in a world that will challenge our faith and even cause doubt
Matthew 14:31 (NIV) — 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Matthew 11:2–6 (NIV) — 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Matthew 28:16–18 (NIV) Mark 9:24 (NASB95)
Much of the New Testament was written to help believers overcome doubt
1 Peter 4:1–5 (NIV) — 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
1 Peter 4:12–19 (NIV)
How do we deal with doubt?
Jude 3 (NIV) — 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.
Jude 17–23 (NIV)
Have the right _______________________ concerning your faith
Mark 8:33 (NLT) — 33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
1. ______________ what you have believed (Jude 3)
2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV) — 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
3. Be in ____________________ relationships
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) — 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Hebrews 3:12–13 (NIV) — 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
4. We __________________ to walk by faith –we choose it
2 Corinthians 5:6–10 (NIV).
For Small Group Discussion:
Opening Question: What stood out to you the most from the sermon this week?
Main Point: Jesus recognized that we will struggle with doubts, but He has given us authority through the Holy Spirit to overcome those doubts.
Read/Tell the Story: Matthew 28:16-20
Supporting Scripture: Jude 22, Lamentations 3:22-24, Mark 9:23-25