From the reaction that I received from many folk last week I must conclude that once again God has shown exactly what the people of HMC want and need. I am the first to admit that what we learned last week was not easy but at the same time I know without a doubt that it is what we need to hear. Life happens, and God is depending on us to bring the lost into His church so that He can work with us all and change us to be more like Jesus and less like the examples set by man.
Today our sermon title is “THOMAS IS WELCOME”. Our reading comes from John 20:24-29 (NIV): Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
- John 20:24 - 29