Most Excellent Theophilus
This Sunday we will begin a study of the Gospel of Luke in our Sunday School class. As I thought through the approach we could take and read the first two chapters of the book I noticed that it begins as a book of questions and doubt.
- Theophilus is being given the account so as to better understand the things that happened. (Luke 1:4)
- Zechariah questions the angel’s announcement… (Luke 1:18)
- …as does Mary. (Luke 1:34)
At the same time, I’ve been reading the new Sticky Faith books by the people at the Fuller Youth Institute. They are noticing a trend (which is consistent with my own experience) that when teens are given space in relationships to express their doubts and questions, they are more likely to develop a deeper, “stickier” faith.
So we’re going to look at the gospel of Luke through the eyes of the people who just can’t seem to believe what’s going on. Hopefully it will open the door for us all to wrestle with and better understand our doubts and fears, while always pushing through to a clearer understanding of what is real in Jesus.
What questions or doubts have you wrestled with and how has pushing through them helped deepen your faith?