Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dealing with Doubt

The Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35
Today, we join two followers of Christ at their lowest point in life. Their expectations, their hopes, their dreams, had been crushed before their very eyes. They surely felt their lives were over and they would never recover from the events they had witnessed just three days prior at the crucifixion of their Master. Doubts filled their minds and they faced a crisis of faith.

I. The Mysteries of the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-16

A. The Mystery of the Place

B. The Mystery of the Travelers

1. “D” Words – Disappointment, Disillusionment, Discouragement,
Downhearted, Despondency, DepressionDefeatDespair, andDeath.

2. The biggest “D” word they faced which caused all of this was Doubt

C. The Mystery of the Stranger

The darkness of despaircan blind us to the blessed presenceof Christ. 

II. How does Jesus Deal with these Doubting Disciples?

A. He Becomes a CompanionLuke 24:15-16

The lonelinessof emotional pain is a common problem.  

B. He Begins a ConversationLuke 24:17-24

Open confessionbrings answers!  

C. He Brings ClarityLuke 24:25-27

Jesus “reframes” the trauma of the past days. 

D. He Restores ConfidenceLuke 24:28-31

E. He Inspires ConfessionLuke 24:32-35

III. What to Do with Your Doubts

A. Admitthem

B. Examinethem

C. Discussthem

D. Suspendthem

E. Resolvethem

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