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Easter: Faith and Doubt, Pastor David Welch

April 2, 2023



19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”



BUT THEN:

THE WAY Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection reveals so much about how He shows up in our lives too.




The Way He Shows Up For Them Helps You


I. He Is Showing You How To Confront Your Doubts


… and Jesus came and stood among them.

John 20:19



2. He Is Showing You How Much He Loves


After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.

John 20:20



3. He Is Showing You How To Believe


Then he said to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe. Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

John 20:27






How to Believe in Christ


9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.



BELIEVE

“believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead”



CONFESS

“If we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord”



ASK HIM into your life

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”







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