April 3, 2011: Bring Me Your Questions!

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Bring Me Your Questions!

What kind of answers are you looking for?

Do you think our faith questions have answers?

If so, what might those “answers” be

and will we be able to find them?

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What questions do you consistently ask?

Do you think our Christian beliefs are something that can be proven?

Can you live without tangible answers?

Or are there any questions you need clear-cut answers to?

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Is your church a safe place to wrestle with these questions?

Does your faith community permit open and honest questions

about the things that matter most to your faith?

Scripture does.

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Many have faith questions.

Lots of people express doubt.

You are not alone.

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Abraham does his best to bargain with God.  Most of the book of Job consists of arguments by Job and his friends about the deepest questions of human suffering. God is practically on trial in the poems of the Lamentations and Jesus responds to almost every question he’s asked with… a question: “What do you think? / How do you read it?” he asks, again and again and again. There is no question that Jesus cannot handle, no discussion too volatile, no issue too dangerous. (Rob Bell)

Bring me your questions!

We’ll continue this discussion on Sunday,

Kobie

This Sunday’s Scriptures

John 20:19-31

The gospel writer recounts one of Jesus’ first appearances to his disciples after his resurrection

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together but, fearful of the Temple authorities, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side (the marks of crucifixion).

The disciples, seeing Jesus with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as Abba God sent me, so I’m sending you.”

Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

It so happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas – nicknamed the Twin – was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him, “We saw Jesus.”

Thomas’ answer was, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I’ll never believe it.”

Eight days later, the disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood among them, saying, “Peace to you.”

Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

Thomas said, “My Savior! My God!”

Jesus said, “You believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing.”

Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Only Begotten, so that by believing you may have life in Jesus’ Name.

Luke 7:18-23

While in prison, John the Baptist heard many rumors about the Jesus’ teaching as well as the healings and miracles he has performed.

John’s followers reported these things to him. John summoned two of them and sent them to Jesus with the question, “Are you the One who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?” When the couriers came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the One who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?'”

Jesus had just then healed many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. Then he gave the couriers the answer: “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: those who are blind recovered their sight, those who are crippled walk, those with leprosy are cured, those who are deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and those who are poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

Luke 9:18-20

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”