WHAT KIND OF FAITH SAVES? (John 20:24-31)Mark Bernthal, May 14, 2017
Part of the Sunday after Easter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Sermon Text: John 20:24-31
WHAT KIND OF FAITH SAVES?
I: “Blind Faith” rests on Nothing.
II: Thomas’ “Faith” rested on his Reason,
Senses and Feelings.
III: “Saving Faith” rests on the Word of God.
How would you like to be known as Mopey Mary, or Miserly Mike, or even Maniac Mark? Those aren’t complementary names. Neither is Doubting Thomas. It is a truly amazing fact that one of the clearest, most famous declarations of Christ's divinity---His being true God---was made by a man who is most often called Doubting Thomas. Even today, the term "doubting Thomas" is still used for those who do not believe what they are told.
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24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although 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, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)