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Sermons about Unbelief
In John 21:24-29 we see Thomas unable to relate with the joy the other disciples have because he has not seen the risen Christ. As doubt plagues his mind, he comes up with conditions for him to be able to believe that God has resurrected Jesus after the bloody cross. Where is it that we demand proof before we believe? Listen and hear about a God who comes to give us peace and open our eyes in the midst of doubt and unbelief.
In order to truly and meaningfully celebrate Christmas, we must prepare our hearts for our Saviour. But we are often deterred when we feel that God has been inactive in our lives, when our hearts are full of disappointment, or when we underestimate what God can do. This sermon looks into Luke 1:5-25 and testifies that God is always at work – even in the silence, in the midst of our disappointments, and despite our unbelief.
A look into a faith that doesn't save and one that does.
What we learn from Mark’s account in 16:1-8 is this: Regardless of how bad you have blown it, no one is beyond the restoring love God in Christ. If, like Peter, you blow it big time and fall into a great sin after you become a Christian, do not throw away your confidence in the restoring love of God for you in Christ. This passage teaches us to not expect condemnation, wrath, abandonment, rejection, conditional grace, embarrassment, demands of penance and acts of contrition, etc… What then are we to expect? We are going to see that our Triune God’s response in Christ is not what we expect but it is the best news we could ever receive. Even even in the face of unbelief by the women who were expecting decomposition rather than resurrection, even when all of Christ’s disciples left Him and fled in fear in the face of great temptation and trial and even when Peter outright denied Jesus, Mark shows us that Jesus is reaching out to all of them in restoring love! Mark makes special mention of Peter because he is the heaviest of them all. He blew it the worst! Because Mark’s account gives special mention of Peter, this removes all doubt of His love for them all! Mark's account of Jesus' resurrection reveals what the love of our Triune God in Christ does, namely it scatters our despair and assures us that we still have a place of acceptance and love in the Father’s heart despite our ongoing sin.
In order to be cured from our condition (sin) we need to see what that condition is. That it is hopeless without faith that Jesus Christ is Lord of our life. That Jesus is our Supreme Authority. That we do and say nothing without Jesus' help and without consulting Him. If we focus on speaking and teaching Jesus' words, lives WILL be changed!
God cannot fail us if we accept the invitation extended to us (and all people). Jesus said: "Let us go over to the other side" (vs 35). This is the invitation. The apostles had no idea what was going to happen, just as we do not know what God has in store for our lives. But faith tells them they will get safely to the other side. No matter what happens in our life; If God says so, so it will be!
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear". Great crowds came to see Jesus and hear Him speak. They also came to see the miracles. But only those who have faith and believe the Truth of His words are able to hear the Word of God and do it!. For the world His Words are parables that cannot be understood and put into practice.
This winter we are in a series of sermons on the theme “Become Disciples.” We have clarified that our phrase is not “make disciples” or “grow disciples” or “build disciples.” Each of those phrases tend to emphasize that we are going to fix the other person by making them followers of Jesus. No, our phrase is “become disciples.” The idea is that we ourselves desire transformation at our own core so that we journey on this slow route toward becoming the people God wants us to be.