Doubting Doubt | Time Doubt | George Hinman
Review: Last week, George talked about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and how the two needed each other. George asked “who is your Lazarus?” What do you think you need from this person?
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: Matthew 25:1-13
- 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?
- This parable is in the middle of a series of parables about what to expect in the future, or “the end of the age.” What do you think the future will be like? What do you think your future will be like?
- The parable contrasts wise and foolish behavior. Do you know someone you consider wise? What is it about that person that demonstrates wisdom? How do you think he or she became wise?
- In the Bible, we read a lot about people and God’s work in the past. As you think about the future, does it help to hear these stories of the past? Why or why not? Can knowing how God has worked in the past prepare you for the midnight cry (verse 6)?
Application: This week, reflect on how God has worked in your life. What are the stories you would tell others about that?
Pray: Lord, that you for reminding us over and over of your unfailing love for us and help us to know and be confident in that love and in our future with you. Amen.