John 20:10-16, 24-29 (NIV) 10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15”Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher)… 24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Matthew 28:17 (NIV) When they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
Luke 16:27-31 (MSG) 27“The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father 28where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’ 29“Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’ 30“‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’ 31“Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’”
John 3:3-7 (NIV) 3Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” 5Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’
Romans 8:9 (Phi) Once the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives within you he will, by that same Spirit, bring to your whole being new strength and vitality.
Matthew 17:20 (HCSB) He told them, “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Acts 4:13 (NCV) The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus.
Romans 10:9-13 (NCV) 9If you use your mouth to say, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. 10We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we use our mouths to say that we believe, and so we are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 12That Scripture says “anyone” because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in him, 13as the Scripture says, “Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.”
Have you transferred your trust to Jesus? If not, why? What are you finding difficult to let go of?
Who did you identify most with from the scriptures used today? Mary – believing but surprised when Jesus did what he said? Thomas – doubting and faithful? The rich man – understanding the truth but still separated from God? Someone else? Share with your small group.
Consider where you are in your spiritual journey today. What does it look like to “doubt your doubts” or to be “skeptical of your skepticism”? Take your doubts to Jesus and talk with him about it! Find a friend who’s further along in their spiritual journey and discuss and pray about it with them.
Define the “IF” statements in your own life. I’ll believe IF. Remember that God only has one condition – I’ll give you everything if you’ll give me everything. Since God even gave his son, what’s the IF that’s holding you back?
Shane listed three actions describing how we connect to Christ. Which of these is more difficult for you? Easiest?
Reread Matthew 17:20. Write out this verse in your own words.
How did the reality of Jesus’ resurrection “dawn” upon you? Were you more of a quick believer or a slow doubter? Are you still skeptical? Why?
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With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.