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Sunday of Easter

Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."  John 20:27

Texts & Discussion:
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31


This Week's Themes:
Proclamation of
the Risen
Resurrection Theology.
Doubt and Faith.


Prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter:

Lord, we offer ourselves to you on this second Sunday of Easter. We pray that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead may enliven us too. We humbly ask that you would raise us from the dead works of the flesh and empower us to live a life of joyful service. May the thought of our hearts be aligned with your awesome purpose for our lives, so that we may go from victory to victory even in the midst of human suffering. We give you thanks for the assurance that because Jesus lives, we shall live also, in whose name we pray now, and forevermore. Amen.


From the DPS Archive:

                         Believing is Seeing, John 20:19-31, by HW in HI

                         Taking Doubts to Christ,  John 20:19-31, anonymous

                         Is It Easter Already?,  John 20:19-31, by Gary Roth


Children's Sermons:


Sermon Excerpt:

To Doubt is Human
John 20:19-31
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

I think the disciple Thomas has been portrayed by the church in a negative light for too long. He's been renamed "Thomas the Doubter." But honestly who of us in this situation would not have had the same questions? I think a fair amount of critical thinking may be very healthy to our faith. Is asking critical questions about our faith or even about God a negative in itself?

Our “church culture” has often frowned on questioning our faith. Doubt is often portrayed as negative. I recently came across a podcast by the famous Rev. David Wilkerson, the founder of Teen Challenge. The sermon was entitled: “Doubt - the sin God hates most.”

But is doubt really a sin in God’s eyes? Is doubt really a criticism of God? Aren’t doubts, when expressed sincerely, not a way to reach out to God?

I am so glad that there are other voices within the church that offer a different view: I love "the Hymn of Promise" which is in our hymnal. In Verse 3, we find the following words: ..."in our doubt there is believing." What the author is suggesting here is that doubt may be a very natural spiritual phenomenon that is necessary for our spiritual growth. That’s quite the contrast to Rev. Wilkerson’s statement.

Looking at the disciple Thomas this morning we discover that he did indeed voice his honest questions and doubts about the resurrection of Jesus. However, it could be argued. . . Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and all other sermons and resources


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