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Doubt Not. Introduction to series on Discipleship Relationships John 20:24-29. Introduction. My wife accused me of being a doubting thomas Implication: I have a wife Implication: I was being a doubting thomas Implication: She was right Implication: I was wrong. Introduction.

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Doubt Not

Introduction to series on Discipleship Relationships

John 20:24-29


Introduction

  • My wife accused me of being a doubting thomas

  • Implication: I have a wife

  • Implication: I was being a doubting thomas

  • Implication: She was right

  • Implication: I was wrong


Introduction

  • I’ve had a bad attitude

  • Good thing to do

  • Christina’s Fault

  • About the weather

  • If God loves the fiesta...

  • “You’re a doubting Thomas”


This Summer

  • Discipleship Relationships and Faithful Disciples

  • Personal sermons about discipler and disciple relationships

  • Receive, Equip, Send

  • We want to be disciples and disciplers

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Thomas

  • Mary, Peter and John

  • Jesus appears to the disciples (save Thomas)

  • They tell thomas, he doesn’t believe 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.” (20:25b)

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Thomas

  • A week later

  • Same house, locked doors, Jesus appears

  • “Peace be with you!” (20:26b)

  • “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it to my side. Stop doubting and believe” (20:27)

  • “Because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (20:29)

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What is Discipleship

  • Disciple: a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought (i.e., a student or pupil)

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What is Discipleship

  • Disciple: a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought (i.e., a student or pupil)

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What is Discipleship

  • Disciple: a follower of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

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What is Discipleship

  • Disciples: followers of Jesus Christ, in doctrine, discipline, life, and relationship.

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What is Discipleship

  • Discipleship: disciples of Jesus Christ helping others to grow in the process of following Jesus Christ in doctrine, discipline, life, and relationship unto maturity

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A Suggestion

  • Who are the main characters in the story?

  • What is the nature of their relationship?

  • Put yourself in the shoes of the disciple

  • Put yourself in the shoes of the discipler

  • End this sentence, “Discipleship means…”

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Thomas and Jesus

  • Jesus is Discipler, Thomas is disciple

  • Formal relationship

    • One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.(Luke 6:12-16)

  • Jesus consulted the father

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Thomas and Jesus

  • Formal Discipleship

  • Good but awkward

  • Disrupts egalitarian culture

  • Works better when “disciple” pursues

  • Dan’s formal discipleship relationships

    • John Law

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Thomas and Jesus

  • Informal Discipleship

  • “Pouring in”

  • Listen to God

  • Dan’s groomsman Dillon

  • Geoff and Dan

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Thomas the Disciple

  • We don’t know much

  • Twin

  • Loyal and intense

    • So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

    • Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” (John 11:14-16)

  • Introspective and Literal

    •  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)

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Thomas the Disciple

  • Thomas gets a bad rap?

  • Believing is the better way

  • But when we doubt, we’re not alone

  • Thomas’ Response

  • Jesus is God!

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Jesus the Discipler

  • When Jesus’ disciples need him, Jesus is there

  • It must have been a tough week

  • Jesus response: Peace! Wounds.

  • Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed

  • We are the blessed

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Jesus the Discipler

  • When Jesus’ disciples need him, Jesus is there

  • “feed my sheep”

  • “go and make disciples”

  • We don’t see him, but we believe

  • When Jesus’ disciples need him, Jesus is there

  • UC Land (time permitting)

  • Won’t you share your blessing with those who need it most?

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