9/6/20 – “Meet Thomas”

Posted on : Sep 4th, 2020 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

“Meet Thomas”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word adjective as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else.” Sunday, we will be meeting the disciple/apostle who got stuck with an adjective before his name and that is how we have known him ever since: “Doubting” Thomas.

I imagine this made Thomas quite uncomfortable and made him feel set apart from the other disciples.  After all we do not place an adjective in front of the name of any of the other twelve.  We do not have “Betraying” Judas, “Calculating” Matthew, “Prideful” Nathanael, or “Arrogant” James, so why do we do this to Thomas?

Did we do this to belittle him or shame him much like our current President does with the adjectives he places before his political opponents?  Instead of looking at Thomas with contempt for his doubting, we should express our gratitude to him for his honesty. Thomas has opened the door for the rest of us to be able to wrestle with our own doubts.

My life experience has taught me that doubting ultimately leads to a stronger faith.  This is what I will unpack in my sermon on Sunday.  If you feel as though doubt is something negative, then I hope that when I am finished on Sunday, you will view doubt as extremely  positive and quite beneficial to strengthening your life of faith.

I realize that preaching an extended sermon series is a tricky business as most of you will need to miss a Sunday here for there, especially over the course of the summer!  So, if you wish to keep up and not miss an apostle, then I invite you to send me an email with the date of the Sunday you missed, and I will be happy to send you that sermon.  This is my email:  joemcgowan@aol.com

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Blessings,

Joe McGowan, Guest Preacher

 

 Reading from John 20: 24-29

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared. So, the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later Jesus’ disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

 

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