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Belief and Knowing

I was challenged by a young adult today about sounding like I believe what I say but do I really ‘know’ it. Have I experienced it? Maybe it is better said the other way around, that you intellectually know it but do you believe it in such a way that it shapes your life, does it transform you. I desire to truly know and truly believe.

This video is helpful and speaks to some of this – of preaching gospel but maybe not getting it…

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Only believe…

I am working on a sermon for Door of Hope (the 26th of June) and am letting the texts speak to my heart and my trust in the sufficiency of Christ.

I am comparing stories of provision in the bible and in the New Testament text Jesus makes clear our foundation in response to a question of what we must do to be doing the “works of God.” His statement is, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” That is it, he doesn’t build on this theme with 3 steps to perfection or other things we must do. Only believe in the one God sent. Jesus is saying that they must believe in him, he is their provision and hope, alone.

The people will go on to ask for signs and more evidence, I think we still do this today, but the clearest evidence will come once he provides his own body as a sacrifice for them, and us. The truth of the text – of the whole Biblical narrative – is that Jesus is enough for us.

I know that I fail at this realization all too often and formulating a sermon and applying that to lives is forcing me to wrestle a bit with how “only belief” functions in my life. I know and want to live like Jesus is truly enough for me…

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Worth Reading

This week’s Worth Reading comes from the Washington Post. Jason Boyett writes about the “Doubting Christian.” It is an honest note taken from his recent book but it begs the question of how much doubt is in the Church.

I think Boyett hits the nail on the head when he labels some of the reasons we hide our doubt – more than we hide moral sins like lust or adultery.

Another problem is our need to belong. Christianity can be an appearance-driven culture just like high school or the country club. People want to fit in. When you’re around happy, smiling churchgoers who speak of God’s constant activity in their lives, it’s hard to admit you don’t experience quite so personal a deity, and that recent discoveries in neuroscience give you pause, and why doesn’t the problem of evil keep everyone else up at night like it does me?

So we disguise our doubts behind righteous masks. We pretend to have it all together.

Once we meet Christ we are called to repent and believe. At the end of the day our belief has to win out over our doubt but just as we struggle with other things in our live we may struggle with doubt. ┬áLet’s just pray that we don’t struggle with it for too long!