Doubting Doubt | Head Doubt | George Hinman

Mark 4:26-29
April 30, 2017

Review:  What did you do to engage in the Kindred Project?  How will this change your outlook and actions going forward?

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, as we encounter your teaching, open our ears to hear, our eyes to see and our hearts to understand.  Amen.
Read: Mark 4:26-29

  1. Parables generally teach one central truth.  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. In Mark’s gospel this parable is found in the same chapter as the more familiar Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-8).   What are some elements these two parables have in common?  In what ways are they different?  How does Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:13-20) help you understand the parable in verses 26-29?

  3. The parable in verses 26-29 is called a Kingdom Parable since it begins ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like.’   What characteristics of the Kingdom are shown here?  What attributes of God are revealed?

  4. Read Matthew 6:25-27 and Philippians 4:6-7.  What are you currently anxious or worried about?  What do you do with your worries?

Application:  This week pick one of the anxieties you identified in question four and invite God to help you find the peace that passes understanding that He promises.

Pray:  Lord, remind us this week of your goodness and care for us and help us to see how your Kingdom is making inroads into our lives.  Amen.


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