Doubting Doubt | People Doubt | George Hinman

Luke 16:19-31

Review:  Guest preacher Chap Clark talked about “sticky faith” and the importance of building a legacy of resourcing the next generation by being present (not by correcting) and listening so that they are empowered to speak.  How’s your sticky faith family?  Where are you seeing and participating in the connections between generations? 
Introduction:
You doubt. You believe. What happens when you doubt your doubts? The great Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor tells us that in our modern age, it is no longer possible for us to believe and not doubt, and it's no longer possible to doubt and not believe. We live in a secular age, and our doubts are 'haunted' by a deep suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about reality are too small. They are haunted by a deeper sense that the story of our lives is a much bigger, much greater story than we dare to believe. Jesus understands this. Although he first lived and taught in a pre-modern age, the stories he told were meant to blow up the petty stories of any age. He wants to unsettle our unbelief and draw us into a bigger story, the great story. And this is the story that moves us--together with our doubt and our belief--into a genuine hope we can live and share. In this series we look at five parables that challenge five defining dogmas of our culture. Is it possible that we will only find resolution to the stories of our lives when we find it in Jesus? He doesn't just challenge us with his parables; he haunts us with his resurrection life!

Pray: 
Lord Jesus, may we be open to expressing our doubt, listening for your voice in the midst of it as we seek to more fully express our faith.  Amen.
Read: Luke 16:19-31
Discussion:

  1. In your opinion, what is the main truth in this story?   Are there other parables or passages in scripture that you know that address the same truth?
  2. What could the rich man have done to end up at Abraham’s side?
  3. Do you think you’re more like the rich man or the poor man, and why?
  4. Most of Jesus’ parables don’t name the people in the story.  Here, the poor man is named – Lazarus.  Why is that significant?
  5. What does your wealth, or lack of it, say about who you are?  About who you are to God?

 

Application:  This week, reflect on your interactions, and observe what your assumptions and expectations are. What do they say about how you view others?

Pray:  Lord, remind us this week of your unfailing love for the world and help us to interact with others as if we believe you love us all.  Amen.

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