Reconstruct – Dealing with Doubt

Pastor Jason Burns

September 11, 2022

  • If God would _____________________, then I wouldn’t doubt.

Matthew 28:1-6 NLT  //  Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. 5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.”

Matthew 28:16-17 NLT  //  Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

Matthew 14:28-31 NIV  //  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Why Do You Doubt?
  • Questions you can’t answer
  • Situations that seem unfair
  • Hurts you can’t resolve
  • Your faith is a journey, not a destination.
  • The strongest faith isn’t a faith that never doubts.
  • The strongest faith is a faith that grows through your doubts.

John 20:24-25 NLT  //  One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

  • “Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.” —Oswald Chambers

John 11:14-16 NIV  //  So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead 15… let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

John 20:26-28 NLT //  Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

  • God is not distant in your doubts.
  • Faith isn’t the absence of doubt.
  • Faith is the means to push through it.

Psalm 23:4 NKJV  //  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.