If I Believe, Why Do I Doubt (Series: Living In a “Not Okay” World”) Sermon Aug. 13

Week two of our series Living In a “Not Okay” World,  Pastor Gary shares advice for dealing with what we don’t understand.

If I Believe, Why Do I Doubt?
If you ever arrive at a place where all your doubts are gone and all your questions are answered, take a deep breath and relax because you’ve arrived in heaven.

Categories of doubt:

What do we need to understand?

1) Many people think doubt is the opposite of faith, but it isn’t. ___________ is the opposite of faith.
2) Many people think doubt is something God just won’t ______________.
3) Many people think struggling with God means we lack _____________, but that’s not true.
The story of John the Baptist

Let me make some recommendations about handling doubt.
1. Admit your __________ and ask for help.

2. Recognize that ____________ is a choice, not a feeling.

3. Act on your faith, not your doubts.

4. _________________that there are some things you will never understand this side of heaven.

5. Keep going back to what you know to be _________.  (2 Timothy 1:12)

Guilt and Grace (Series: Living In a “Not Okay” World) Sermon Aug. 6

Dr. Jerry Davis teaches about guilt and grace from II Corinthians 7:8-10:

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret; but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Guilt and Grace: Why we need both

What is guilt?

Guilt as described in scripture (Leviticus 6:6,7; Romans 5:12):

What is grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 8:1)?

What does guilt + grace produce (2 Cor. 7:8-11; 1 John 1:9)


The Rest of the Story – Part 3 – Sermon July 30

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
(Matthew 2:1-23)

Quote from Dr. Larycia Hawkins, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because … we worship the same God.”

Why is this important?

I want us to  “grow in clarity” and “grow in charity”.

Growing in clarity: An important part of answering this question, “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” is considering what each faith believes about Jesus. “Who is Jesus?” in the context of Islam and Christianity. This passage about the visit of the Magi (the wise men) written by Matthew very clearly helps understand what the Christian believes about Jesus. Matthew shows us these three signs.

1. An unusual ___________.   (Numbers 24)
2. Scripture after Scripture after Scripture ____________.
3. Jesus is ________________.

What are the arguments that Christians and Muslims do worship the same God?
1. The ‘only god in town’ argument
2. The ‘close enough for me’ argument
3. The “but what about the Jews?” argument.

Growing in charity

The Rest of the Story – Part 2 – Sermon July 23

What Really Happened at Sodom and Gomorrah?    (Genesis 18:16-33, 19)

The judgment and the salvation  (19:1-29)

The announcement

 The escape

 The arrival

Why didn’t God destroy Lot and his daughters?  

The aftermath  (19:30-38)

The cause   (Genesis 18:16-33)

Our response:

So who are you _____________ for?

If we’re not, we should:

  1. ________________
  2. ________________
  3. ________________


The Rest of the Story – Part 1 – Sermon July 16

Pastor Gary deals with the question “will everyone get to heaven?” Most everyone is familiar with John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

The sermon title is Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

Let’s walk through this together.