"Where Friendship Is More Than A Word And Christ Is The Head"

Monthly Training Meditation

MAY 2019

JOHN 20:27 (NIV)

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Main Idea—

Not seeing, yet believing, involves more willingness, more decisiveness, and more readiness for exposure to all of the promises of God.

Scriptural Context—

  • John is the only Gospel writer who preserved the story in which Thomas is depicted as moving from unbelief to belief.
  • The risen Lord does not discard the seemingly inappropriate request of Thomas—He later appears when Thomas is
  • For John, Jesus Christ in the flesh is a fundamental truth that reveals the perceived necessity for visual contact and optical evidence.

Leadership Lesson—

  • Doubt is an intellectual problem, but unbelief is a heart
  •  “Doubting Thomas”—Isn’t it sad that we can make one mistake and be branded for life?
  • Jesus met Thomas at his point of weakness and revealed Himself; Jesus will do the same for you!

Life Application—

  • We replicate the folly of “conditional” Thomas each time we determine for Christ how He needs to operate in our lives.
  • When it comes to the promises of God, have belief, not unbelief; confidence, not doubt.
  • Ultimately, the appropriate response to the reality of the Resurrection involves being transformed by the Word.

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