Both the pastor and the associate at our church will be away at a conference this weekend and they’ve asked me to fill in the pulpit for them.
Since they didn’t assign any particular passage or topic, I’m planning to use the gospel reading in the lectionary–John 20:19-31. In this passage, the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. Thomas, who hears the news, says (in so many words), “Yeah right, I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Here we have the first recorded account of an skeptic of the empirical stripe–and he comes from within Jesus’ camp! This passage addresses the reality of questions/doubts and Jesus’ response to them:
“Peace to you…Put your hands in my sides. Reach out your hand and put them into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
The main point of the passage (at least my take on it)? We usually respond to question and doubts by ignoring them/stuffing them when they come from ourselves, or getting defensive when they come from others. But questions are okay; Jesus is big enough for our questions.
Anyway, back to the reason I’m posting this…I’d love to incorporate some actual questions/doubts young adults actually struggle with when it comes to issues of faith.
What are some questions you ask/doubts you have with it comes to your faith?
What are some of the questions/doubts your non-Christian/non-Adventist friends have when it comes to your faith?
If you minister to young adults, what are the most frequent/difficult questions you encounter in your ministry?
Your feedback (and permission to share it) would be really helpful and very much appreciated! (If you’d like, feel free to post anonymously.)