Feast and Faith: The Place of Doubt (May 29, 2017)
For this week's dinner discussion we are exploring the role that doubt plays in our faith. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.
Prayer Before Dinner
Lord, I believe in you. I believe you are good. I believe that I am secure in you – that I am hidden in you and no real harm can come to me with you as my rock and my salvation. I believe that you see me and you love me - that I am treasured in your sight. Help my unbelief. Help that head knowledge become heart knowledge- so that my actions reflect those truths in me and in Your Word. Amen.
Discussion Questions for Younger Children (Ages 0-10)
1. I wonder what it means that God is Good.
2. I wonder what it means that we are hidden in God.
3. I wonder what things in the world God treasures.
4. I wonder if there's anything that you find hard to believe.
5. I wonder what the difference is between knowing something in your head and knowing something in your heart.
Discussion Questions for Older Youth (Ages 11-18)
Sometimes it is hard to believe things we cannot see, and sometimes the only way we can begin to believe is by asking God to help us believe. That means we will have to be honest about our own lack of faith and trust. It can be difficult for young people, and even adults, to admit they don’t believe- especially in the face of a community of faithful people. But the truth is all of us struggle with our beliefs. Sometimes, even those people whom we look to and trust to have more faith than we do cannot seem to “fix things”. Last week we learned about prayer. Prayer sometimes helps our doubt deepen our faith instead of threaten it.
What could prayer do for us when we have doubts?
Do you think we can ever hide your doubts from God?
Who is someone you look up to spiritually? Someone with lots of wisdom and faith?
Do you think they have had serious doubts too?
Even when we lack faith, God still loves us and will do amazing things for us. It is good to have healthy, honest, and sometimes heated doubts and discussions about God.