That You May Believe
"...these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of
God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." ~ John 20:31
Worship Songs: Open Up The Heavens, Doxology, It Is Well, Do It Again
Connection Group Questions:
Opening: Do you relate with Thomas in his doubt? Have you been there, are you there? Fredrick Buechner wrote, “Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don't have any doubts you are either kidding yourself or asleep. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Reflect together on this quote.
Digging Deeper: Read John 20:19-23. What does “Peace be with you” mean? What does it mean that Jesus said here, “receive the Holy Spirit?” What do you make of the role of human forgiveness in light of this passage?
Read 20:24-29. Why is it so important to meet with other believers? Why is it so important not to “give up” on those who doubt? Why does Thomas need to touch the risen body of Jesus? Would it make a difference if the disciples were not in complete agreement? Why are those who believe without seeing are most blessed? What does that mean for us today?
Closing: What does it mean to believe and have life in the name of Jesus?