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Scripture: John 20:24-29, 20:5-6, Acts 17:11
Have you ever had a time of doubt in your faith and your walk with God? One minute it seems perfectly natural and unquestionable that God exists and cares for the world and the next moment uncommonly naive? How confident are you that you know God's desires regarding specific political, social and moral issues which face our society? Do you ever wonder if there really is a God? A heaven? A hell?
There is nothing wrong with doubt. Faith presupposes doubt and by the very nature of what faith is it has to be preceded by doubt. After all, if there is no room for doubt, there is no place for faith. Understand there is a difference between doubt and unbelief. Doubt asks questions while unbelief won't even listen to answers. In this message, Dr. Merritt tackles the age-old issue of doubt. Learn how we can isolate the cause of doubt, understand the living proof of God's Word and how it dispels doubt, and rise above doubt to a deeper and more trusting walk with Christ.
"Do you know one of the reasons why a lot of people won't confront their doubts? It is because deep down they are afraid their doubts are true, that their doubts will win, that maybe what they believe has been wrong. The truth of the matter is you don't have to check your brains at the door of Christianity in order to become a follower of Jesus Christ. If you investigate the facts about Jesus Christ, if you investigate the facts about the truth of the Bible, and you evaluate the evidence, you will find beyond the shadow of a doubt, there is evidence that demands a positive verdict that this book is true, that God is real and that Jesus Christ is exactly who He said He was." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.