Worship Preparation: March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020 

Read the sermon text: John 20:24-31

Read the sermon summary: What promises of God do you have trouble believing? Do some of your actions reveal a stubbornness to believe in God’s word? In our passage for this Sunday we see Thomas’s stubbornness of unbelief even when the other disciples tell them what they had seen. And how does Jesus confront this stubbornness? Surprisingly, Jesus’s condescends in grace to Thomas, offering him the very proof he had asked for. In this passage we are encouraged, along with Thomas, “do not disbelieve, but believe.” And we can be encouraged that just as Jesus met Thomas with grace, he will meet us with grace too. God has given us everything we need for faith. He has even given us the faith itself, leading us to have life in the name of Jesus. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: Where, in the Book of John, do we see a similar demand for signs as that of Thomas in verse 25? What is significant about the titles Thomas uses for Jesus in verse 28? Some view Jesus’s words in 29a as a question. Others as a statement. Would this affect our reading of the passage? Why or why not?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
This I Believe (The Creed)
Our Father everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty
Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Savior
I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in One
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus
Our judge and our defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You
Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high
I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord
I believe in life eternal
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints' communion
And in Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus
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Ben Fielding | Matt Crocker
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch

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