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Grace Bible Church Glorifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

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Grace Bible Church Glorifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

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  1. Grace Bible ChurchGlorifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

  2. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 We accept new things as we become educated about them and adapt our frame of reference to fit them in It was difficult to believe the evidence they saw or the reports they were given that Jesus had risen

  3. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 Mary Magdalene viewed the evidence and concluded Jesus’ body had been taken away The other women were perplexed until an angel announced to them Jesus was risen from the dead

  4. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 The disciples did not believe the reports from the women - though Peter and John ran to the tomb to see Pay attention to your wife: You need to understand her She may be telling you what you need to hear

  5. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 Peter and John saw Jesus’ empty tomb and the grave clothes - John believed and Peter marveled Mary Magdalene did not believe until she saw Jesus herself The other women also met Jesus alive, but the disciples still did not believe them or Mary’s reports

  6. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 Cleopas & Simon had the Scriptures concerning Messiah explained to them later that afternoon by Jesus After Jesus revealed Himself to them, they returned to Jerusalem, but the other disciples still did not believe

  7. Overcoming Unbelief Mark 16:12-14; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:5 Cleopas & Simon had the Scriptures We often let our emotions and human frame of reference block us from believing what God has said God will not allow us to remain stuck along the path of faith. He is patient & has ways of moving us forward

  8. Revealing Himself to the Disciples Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-20 They meet, possibly in the Upper Room, with the door shut (locked) for fear of the Jews Luke 24:36-40 Jesus’ miraculous sudden appearance in a closed room startled and frightened them

  9. Revealing Himself to the Disciples Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-20 Jesus chided them for their doubting hearts and then demonstrated He was physically present The disciples were in a state of joyous shock marveling at what they were experiencing

  10. Revealing Himself to the Disciples Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-20 Luke 24:41-42 Jesus ate fish further demonstrating that He was physically present Our future glorified bodies will be like that of Jesus - 1 John 4:2

  11. Characteristics of the Resurrection Body Not limited by physical barriers. Has physical substance. Is able to consume food. Jesus’ body has the scars from His crucifixion

  12. Giving the Holy Spirit John 20:21-22 Jesus pronounces peace upon them and then explains as the Father had sent Him, He was sending them Jesus imparted to them the Holy Spirit so that they could live and minister in the same way as Him

  13. Giving the Holy Spirit John 20:21-22 The Holy Spirit enabled them to be “apostles” - those sent with Jesus’ authority

  14. Forgiving and Retaining SinsJohn 20:23 This authority was not arbitrary, but directly tied to having received the Holy Spirit to be discerning This is not the ability to grant absolution as in the R.C.C., but the same as in Matt. 18 to “bind & lose”

  15. The Remaining Skeptic20:24-25 Thomas / Didymus (twin) was no more doubting than the others had been and he remained skeptical Some skepticism is good, but is a problem when truth is determined by personal standards and judgments

  16. The Remaining Skeptic20:24-25 A skeptic can be provoking, but God is patient & gracious and knows how to convince a skeptic

  17. Removing Doubts – Jesus AppearsJohn 20:26 Eight days later, Thomas is present with Jesus appears to all the disciples again

  18. Removing Doubts - ConfrontationJohn 20:27 Thomas’ Demands *Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, *and put my finger into the place of the nails, Jesus’ Commands *see My hands *Reach here your finger

  19. Removing Doubts - ConfrontationJohn 20:27 Thomas’ Demands *and put my hand into His side, *I will not believe. Jesus’ Commands *and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; *and be not unbelieving, but believing.

  20. Removing Doubts -Thomas’ Confession John 20:28 We are not told if Thomas physically touched Jesus. He just exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus does not rebuke Thomas, but accepts His worship, and blesses those who believe without seeing

  21. The Nature of Belief - The SkepticJohn 20:29 The Skeptic’s Belief is based in himself and own knowledge as the final judge Skeptics can be brought to the knowledge of the truth when they are overwhelmed with the evidence

  22. The Nature of Belief - The SkepticJohn 20:29 Skeptics can be brought to the truth when they are forced into realizing their assumptions have been wrong You don’t have to fight with a skeptic - Simply present the truth and let the Lord work

  23. The Nature of Belief - The BelieverJohn 20:29 Life is easier & spiritual growth faster when credible witnesses are believed

  24. The Purpose of John’s Gospel John 20:30-31 The “signs” refer to the miracles Jesus performed that testified to the fact that He is the Christ Neither John’s account nor all the gospels together are an exhaustive account of all that Jesus did & taught

  25. The Purpose of John’s Gospel John 20:30-31 The Gospels given enough evidence to prove Jesus’ claims and promises are true - What do you believe?

  26. Conclusions There is great blessing in believing the witness of Scripture, but if you are skeptical, then honestly seek truth If you are skeptic who refuses to seek truth, take warning you are headed for eternal disaster

  27. Conclusions “Life in His name” concerns eternity and a present life of peace, joy, righteousness and fulfillment Don’t let the world get you down, live in trust of the promises of Jesus for He is alive!

  28. Grace Bible ChurchGlorifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ