Connecting with Thomas – Encounters With God Sermon Series

Albrecht_Dürer_-_Doubting_Thomas_(NGA_1943.3.3665)This last Sunday we looked at a character, a disciple, one of the 12 people closest to Jesus, who has gone down in history as DOUBTING THOMAS – He is known, named, and remembered in our biblical history as… “THE ONE WHO DOUBTED THE RESURRECTION”

His name has actually been coined and put in the dictionary.

“a doubting Thomas” — is defined as “a person who refuses to believe without proof”

The disciples basically came and reported to Thomas that they had seemed the unbelievable and Thomas didn’t believe it. They said they saw Jesus alive. Well, Thomas saw him alive until late the previous Friday afternoon where Thomas also saw him dead. It was now Sunday afternoon — and Thomas’ response was, “Seeing is believing,” and until I see something different from what I have already seen, I will not believe a word of what you say.

Thomas wanted tangible proof of Jesus’ resurrection. He had this kind of proof of Jesus’ death. He was there. He wanted the same proof of the claim that Jesus, had been seen alive. For Thomas there was no doubt that Jesus was dead, and he had every reason to doubt that Jesus was alive.Yet, for his honesty, he has gone down in history as “doubting Thomas” — the man who doubted the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And the term “doubting Thomas” has negative connotations to this day.

BUT SHOULD IT?  As we studied this story, his doubt seemed very understandable. The hope in considering all the evidence about Thomas was to help us see Thomas in a different light and hopefully as a result see ourselves and our doubts before God in a different light as well.

In short…God welcomes our honest doubts and more often then not our honest doubts are the places that eventually become our places of strongest convictions and beliefs.

The word doubt is the greek word apistos pronounced AWE–PE-STAS [πιστος ::  Lexicon :: Strong’s G571]  and it can absolutely be translated doubt, but more often is translated, without faith, faithless, unbelieving

WHAT WE FOUND – all the disciples were referred to as AWEPESTAS – faithless, unbelieving, doubters…NOT JUST THOMAS.

CONNECTION CARD QUESTIONS…

1.  What role does doubt play in your faith?

2.  What are your fundamental doubts about the Christian Faith?

3.  What do you do with these doubts?

 

 

Connection card questions from Peter and Judas Sermon

One of the things we are trying to do each week is to post the connection card questions from our sermons. This past Sunday we looked at the encounters that both the disciples Peter and Judas had with Jesus and how those changed and transformed them. If you did not get a chance to hear the sermon you can watch the livestream video of our service at http://onelifeseattle.com/#/see-hear and then follow the link. Here are the questions:

 

1. What label/labels have you been given?

2. What label/labels have you given to other people or yourself?

3. What new name or word might Jesus be speaking to you today? 

4. What would it look like to live into this new name?

 

Happy New Year Vision!

Happy New Year OneLife Community Church!  We wanted to thank you all once again for all your time, service, giving, participation, worship, prayer, presence, voice, questions, joys, etc. it has been an amazing year!  As this year comes to an end and the new year arrives we wanted to remind you of some categories to ponder over – to reflect and resolve over.  Hopefully you got to hear the “All Things New” sermon on Sunday where Rich led us in a time of reflection and resolve for us as a church and as individuals and tied it to our vision.  

The categories we discussed were…

OneLife | Community | Church

Gods Story | The Story Of Place | My Story

one | & | all

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As you can see God is at the center of all of this.  We can’t wait to see what God does in and through us as a Church, as Individuals, and within our Community.  Have a great and very Happy New Year

ADVENT.wk.02 – PEACE

As we are over half way through week two of ADVENT, let us continue to dive into the theme of PEACE. Here is a song/prayer/poem/text to encourage you today. May you experience the PEACE/SHALOM that comes from Christ. The savior born in a manger.

“Open Up” by The Brilliance

You heard the cry of our hearts, and you came down

Freely you gave us your love, showing us how

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is darkness, let me shine light

May your love cause us to open up, cause us to open up our hearts
May your light cause us to shine so bright that we bring hope into the dark

All that we do without love, it means nothing
Grant us the courage to give as you’re calling

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light

Hope for the hopeless, your love is
Strength in our weakness, your love is

May we love as you love

What is hope?

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Here is that section/quote that Rich used during his sermon last Sunday on hope.  would love to hear your thoughts on the sermon, this quote, or simply your answer to the question – what is hope?

Hope is circular.

It comes in waves, and then recedes back to the ocean. When it leaves, I am left wet—cold and shaking—not knowing what to do next. I start to hope for hope, that like high tide it will come again and wash over me. And maybe the next time it will stay, and I will float in the gentle bob of the current, and let hope take me where it wills.

But I have never had hope hang around like that. It always pulls away and leaves me at low tide.

Faith is the evidence of things unseen and love is the greatest of these, but what is hope a sign of? St. Paul wrote that character creates hope, but he stops there. Tell me Paul, what is the product of hope?

There is a trinity of actions Paul prescribes to us—faith, hope and love—and they each have their role to play. Hope, I feel, is the most fickle of them, always supported by faith or love. Faith is the substance of things hoped forand love always hopes, so in the end hope is built on a foundation of faith and love.

I long to always be hopeful, to see the bright side of things, to be constantly cheerful, joyful, fun-loving and gregarious. To be hopeful no matter my place in life or circumstance. I always feel hope fail my grasp like sand running through my fingers, and then wonder how do I hold onto something that constantly shifts. How do I sustain hope?

I can start turning back to the foundations of faith and love. If hope fails let me have faith. If faith and hope both fail me, then let me continue to love until faith finds its way back to me and hope follows with it. Only then will the waves of hope come crashing back, and I can find my home in the warmth of living waters.   By Thom Turner  http://sayable.net/?s=hope+is+circular

Advent Resources

ImageAs a way to help us focus in on the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love as seen in the Christmas story we have created two resources for you.  One is a daily Bible reader focusing on various texts everyday during the season of advent.  The other is a tool for creating your own advent candle reflections at home.  

Click here to download them both – ADVENT RESOURCES

 

It’s been a while since we have posted on the blog so here’s a new one!  As we enter the fall of 2012 we are excited about the direction we are heading.  We are excited about the OneLife Movement and challenge of everyone praying for and inviting one friend to our Sunday church service and other ways of getting involved.  Today I read a great article that is on the same lines that we have been on with regards to reaching out to people in the community.  It’s a great, short and sweet read – CLICK HERE  to do so.

May you be encouraged and challenged by this article and may God continue to use you as a deliverer of his divine truths to those who don’t know him.

Dwell – Night Of Worship

Question: Dwell – what is it about?

Answer: A great new evening worship service you should come and join!

When: First Sunday of the Month, 6.30-8pm.

Where: Downstairs in The Commons, at OneLife Community Church

Is There Childcare Provided? Yes!

Dwell provides an informal evening of worship, prayer and time for reflection on our relationship with God. We want to foster a space to encounter God, to listen and share with each other.  We want to encourage an active relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit through song, prayer, and silent reflection.

The words from the song Dwell’s chorus sum up what we are seeking:

Dwell in the midst of us
Come and dwell in this place
Dwell in the midst of us
Come and have Your way

Not our will, but Yours be done
Come and change us
Not our will, but Yours be done
Come sustain us

The next Dwell is on Sunday April 1st.  Come and join us!