May 7, 2017

jesus and thomasJesus and Thomas

Continuing our walk through the days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension into heaven; Jesus spends 40 days with his disciples before leaving the earth.

Scripture | John 20:24-31

  • For context, read John 20:19-23 (last week’s reading). Then read John 20:24-31. Do you see any parallels? What details does John want us to see?
  • Why do you think it was hard for Thomas to believe his fellow disciples?
  • Do you think this was an instance of doubt, or a refusal of belief? Why?
  • What does Jesus’ response (v. 26-27) tell us about his character? About his love for Thomas?
  • Is it fair for us to ask the same question as Thomas? Why?
  • What are some of the ways we experience the risen Lord today?
  • What do you think the significance of Thomas’ confession is (v.28)? Is Jesus your Lord and your God? In principle or practice?
  • Does verse 29 promote what many critics of Christianity call “blind faith”? What is Jesus saying here?
  • Imagine: If Thomas had been with the other apostles the first time, we would not have this narrative of “Doubting Thomas”. What would we lose by this account not being here? (or asked positively, what insight do we gain by the inclusion of this account?)
  • How might this account be of particular comfort to those of us who are doubters, skeptics, have difficulty believing, etc.?
  • How does the “mission” of John’s gospel align with your own mission to the places where you live, work, play, and learn (v. 30-31)? Are there changes you would like to make? How might you share the good news of v. 31 with others?