Summary: In the world today Christians live in a sea of skepticism and doubt. And when you’re swimming in doubt, it’s hard not to get wet, to have that doubt seep into your thoughts.
Faith Expectations Part 8
[This lesson and this series are drawn from the writings of Tom Allen in his book “What to expect now that you believe.”]
This lesson is another in the series titled Faith Expectations. This series purpose is to explore those things our faith brings to us as we strive to walk in the way of Jesus. It is probably fair to say for many of us, if not all, that when we obeyed the call of the gospel, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and been Baptized into Him there were some expectations of what our faith would do in us, for us, and through us. And we are justified in these expectations:
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
John 10:10b “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
As believers we should never lose the “great expectations” of our faith especially since the greatest expectation is yet to come, that being the return of our Lord and Savior. Until that day it remains for us to balance our expectations with the reality of living as sojourners in this world. And so let us consider a great expectation of our faith: Expect Doubt.
A.We have discussed some of the “good news” expectations of our faith: Blessings, Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy.
1.Having already explored Trails, Persecution, and Temptation we now continue the “bad news” expectations with Doubt.
2.Bad News some might say but I hope through the course of this lesson we will see that even Bad News is pretty good when God is in the mix.
B.We live in a sea of doubt
1.In the world today Christians live in a sea of skepticism and doubt. And when you’re swimming in doubt, it’s hard not to get wet, to have that doubt seep into your thoughts.
2.Have you ever doubted? Have you ever wondered about this whole business of Jesus and the cross and the resurrection? Have you ever asked yourself if your faith is really only a superstition? Have you ever wondered, “Am I a Christian only because my parents were?
3.Often we’re afraid to face our doubts because we’re afraid of what we might find. We’re afraid of what others might think.
4.We don’t wish to appear weak of faith so we keep our doubts to ourselves. And yet, our doubts don’t go away, they’re always there, and like a cancer, our doubt slowly eats away at our faith, until we believe in Jesus less and less, and we become more and more skeptical.
5.We need to know that doubt happens and we need to know the only and best way to deal with them when they happen.
A.Example of Elijah.
1.1 Kings 18:19 – 19:5
2.But the main cause for Elijah’s failure was spiritual doubt: he saw Jezebel and failed to see the Lord; he listened to Jezebel’s threats and forgot to wait for God’s promises. In every step he had taken in his ministry, Elijah had waited for God’s command, but now his doubt led to fear, and fear led to disobedience
3.James 5:17 “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours…”