The Assurance of Faith
Beyond the Shadows of Doubt and Disappointment
Do you have significant doubts about God? Are you afraid to doubt, much less admit to anyone that you aren’t fully convinced of God’s faithfulness? Are you so torn by your questions that life is losing its meaning?
In this forthright but compassionate sermon series, we will work to tear away the layers of misunderstanding about doubt to reveal not only its dangers but its great value.As author Os Guinness explains: “If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt… There is no believing without some doubting, and believing is all the stronger for understanding and resolving doubt.” We will put a human face on the problem of doubt and examines it thoroughly. In a way that will respond to your questions, settle your fears, and strengthen your faith.
We will conclude the sermon series by considering three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? We will look seriously at the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if God cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from God after all?
We will try to answer these questions with clarity, honesty, and biblical assurance. Our study will point us beyond life’s disappointments and the cynicism they can breed to a stronger, wiser faith, a confidence in God’s deep love for us, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who God is.