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HELP MY UNBELIEF:
THE TENSION BETWEEN DOUBT & FAITH
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This week we started a new series called “Help My Unbelief.” Every single one of us deals with doubts in our lives. Sometimes this may be doubts about our faith, and sometimes this has to do with doubts about our career, relationships, or even identity. The bible is clear that there is nothing wrong with having doubts, but God asks us to trust him when we do.
This week, Pastor Ian taught through Mark 9 where Jesus encounters a father who’s child is possessed by a demon and needs a miracle. After the disciples are unable to cast the demon out, Jesus arrives and asks the father if he believes that his son can be healed. This question of faith in the face of circumstances that seem to be only negative seems so familiar in the experience of all of our lives when we face hardship. The father’s response is profound when he confesses he believes and then asks Jesus to help his unbelief.
1. What relationship do you believe that doubt has with our faith? Can doubts build our faith?
2. If someone asked you to define faith, what would you say? What are some common misconceptions about faith?
3. Have you ever been through a season where you were dealing with doubts? What did that look like in your life?
READ MARK 9:24-29
4. What are some examples of doubt that people can face that aren't specifically about their faith?
5. If you have ever had a season of doubt, how did you overcome it or what series of events allowed you to feel that you moved past your doubts?
6. Pastor Ian spoke about expressing your doubts in the context of safe gospel community. How do you think you can know if the relationships you have are the kind that allow you to honestly express your doubts?
7. Based on how Jesus responds to the father in the story, how do you think we should respond to someone who expresses their doubts to us?
We believe that you should have the chance to explore your doubts, your faith, and ask questions in a safe environment. Join us for our 4-week Alpha Class each Sunday from 12:30p-1:45p, where you can ask the tough questions in a non-judgemental environment.
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