Doubting Thomas

When Thomas encountered Jesus for the first time after the crucifixion, his entire world changed. Doubt was immediately replaced by joy as he realized who Jesus truly was — “My Lord and my God!”

Most of us can relate to Thomas when it comes to how we view Jesus. We start out questioning who (and what) he is, only to find ourselves at a place where we can no longer rationalize him away. If that sounds like you, how do you respond to the risen Jesus?

Sermon preached on April 18, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you think the disciples felt after Jesus was crucified?
  • Why were they hiding together in a locked room? What is the significance of Jesus entering a locked room?
  • Why do you think he first said to them, “Peace be with you!”? John tells us the disciples were overjoyed. What do you think “overjoyed” would have looked like at that moment? (For further discussion read John 16:20)
  • If you were Thomas and you missed the first encounter with Jesus and the disciples, how would you have reacted?
  • What makes Thomas’s statement, “My Lord and my God,” so meaningful?
  • Why did Jesus say, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”? How does this statement translate to today? (For further discussion read 2 Peter 1:8-9)
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • What would change in my life if I lived all-in with Jesus? What does it mean for me to say, “My Lord and my God?”

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