"Mine" Series (Week 5)

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SCRIPTURE

“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not” (Mark 9:16-18 NIV).

So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:20-24 NIV).

TEACHING OUTLINE

Even the people who saw Jesus face-to-face and witnessed His miracles still found themselves uncertain about Him.

One of the places we see this is in an account written by one of Jesus’ friends, Mark. A man shows up, and his son is somehow being attacked and possessed by an evil spirit. The dad just wanted his son to feel better. So he takes him to see a man named Jesus.

And now the dad asks, “Jesus, if You can?” Jesus met him in the middle of his uncertainty, doubt, and questioning.

If we’re honest, a lot of us are stuck somewhere between belief and disbelief. Jesus didn’t walk away and shake his head, disappointed.

Our faith works a lot like that, too. Having doubts doesn’t mean you’ll lose your faith.

Dealing with doubt is part of growing your faith.

Jesus encouraged us to use our minds to know God better. Maybe for you that means you . . .

1. Stop ignoring your doubts.
2. Be honest with one other person about your doubts.

As you head out today, I want you to think about your doubts. My goal for you, now and years from now, is that you have a growing, healthy, strong, and honest relationship with God.