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INTERACTING WITH THE SERMON
SYNOPSIS OF THE SERMON
In 5 minutes or less, briefly give a synopsis of this week’s sermon. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain.
GETTING THE CONVERSATION STARTED
These questions can be used as ice-breakers in the beginning OR interwoven between the questions below to draw the group into the discussion.
• Was there anything in this week’s sermon that stood out to you? Briefly share.
• Have you had any recent conversations with someone who’s wrestling with their faith? Briefly Share.
• When do you find yourself doubting the most? What have you done to ensure your doubts don’t control you? Briefly Share.
Read John 20: 24-29(TNIV):
24 Now Thomas (also known as 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.”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!”29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
•V. 25, What did the disciples say to Thomas and how did he respond? Why do you think he said what he did? What does this say about where his heart is at the time? In what ways do you take an “I’ll believe it when I see it approach to spiritual matters the way Thomas did?
•When you have been in times of doubt how has the faith and testimony of others been significant?
•What kind of environment does Jesus enter into in verse 26? What does he first say to the disciples? What does this reveal about God’s heart for us when we are questioning and struggling with doubt? Do you know people who struggle with doubt regularly? What can you learn from the way Jesus interacts with Thomas and how can you apply that to the way you address people who have doubts about there faith?
• Jesus comes through a locked door to meet the disciples where they are. This is a great picture of the Lord “breaking through” areas of our life that we try to “lock” Him out of. Are there areas of life that you have closed off to the Lord? What are some of the doubts that you have that may be a hindrance to the Lord? Have you ever experienced Jesus entering into those areas of your life? Please share.
•How does Thomas react after touching Jesus’ wounds in verse 28? What does Jesus then say to him about unbelief? What does He mean when He says blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed? How can we be more like the blessed ones Jesus describes in verse 29? Briefly share.
Below you’ll see some options for ministry time with your group. We always encourage you to reserve time in your group to pray for one another and wait on the Holy Spirit.