Sermon Notes - Thomas Doubts that Jesus is Alive! - Faith Community Church Strathpine
Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine


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1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


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Sermon Notes - Thomas Doubts that Jesus is Alive!

Theme: Breaking News – Thomas Doubts that Jesus is Alive!


Key Preaching Verse

John 20.21-23Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’”


Focus Questions

  • How are our lives transformed and renewed by our encounters with the Risen Christ?
  • Having experienced the Risen Jesus for ourselves will we become witnesses to the Resurrection to all who come into contact with us?  How do we go about being witnesses to the Resurrection?
  • What are the implications of our encounters with the Risen Jesus in our exercise of Christ’s ministry of reconciliation? How much forgiveness operates in our lives?  (Note:  How did Jesus deal with the Doubting Thomas in today’s Gospel reading?!)
  • How merciful is Faith Community Strathpine?  Do we as a Church offer affirmation and forgiveness?  Compassion or cristicism?  Innuendo or true mercy?  Law or grace?
  • It has been said that even the strangest faith has a certain amount of doubt?  How do we handle doubt in our spiritual journey?  (Hint:  Look at the reaction of Thomas when he encountered the Risen Christ!)

Take Home Challenge:

  • In terms of the analogy I used earlier in my sermon, concerning my dislike of plastic artificial flowers used in churches, I believe the Doubting Thomas is a good example of someone who was transformed from having a plastic artificial faith into someone who had a living Easter faith.  What was the catalyst that caused this dramatic change?
  • What is the difference between dead religion and a living Easter faith?

<>·Do you (and for that matter do I) have a plastic faith that gathers dust or an Easter faith, with the power to change and transform our lives?