Our readings from Acts during this season of Eastertide have given us a glimpse of the early church. We have seen a healing miracle provide a way for disciples of Jesus to tell others about their personal experience of Christ’s resurrection. Thousands have come to believe in Jesus. Last week, we saw the Holy Spirit nudge Philip to follow a chariot on its way to Gaza. That encounter changed Philip as much as the man in the chariot. The Holy Spirit is on the move.
This sermon, revised here for August 9, 2020, was originally the second in a four-part series, Intersections: Where Faith Meets Life, preached on August 13, 2017. In its current form it is second in a new series: Identity Crisis. Watch the 2020 version on Vimeo.
Young people are good at questioning the Christian faith. They want to know things like:
- “Is God real?
- Why are churches so messed up?
- Why are so many Christians hypocrites?
- Can I trust the Bible?
- Is it wrong to doubt God?
When we deny the power of these questions – or worse, ignore them – others might suspect our faith isn’t strong enough to handle doubt. But we don’t have to have all the answers. Admitting that we don’t know everything there is to know about God is actually the first step in finding the depth of faith Jesus wants to develop in us. It’s the beginning of finding our identity in something that is greater than ourselves. Continue reading