Activate Week 2: Sink or Swim
Jesus is okay with our doubt. When it comes to science, it seems like you never really know what might happen. One chemical might cause a huge reaction while another might deactivate your entire experiment. When you think about it, the same thing is true of faith. There are things in our lives that have the potential to either destroy or fuel our faith. And sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is happening. Sometimes what looks like a faith-destroyer might actually be the very thing that builds our faith if we let it. Believe it or not, one of those potential faith-activators is doubt. Even Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends and followers, dealt with major feelings of doubt. But as we’ll learn from Peter’s experience, our doubt doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, it’s when we trust God with our doubt that our faith can be activated in a whole new way.
Goal Of Small Group:
To help students understand that doubts have the opportunity to grow their faith when they address them instead of hiding them.
Matthew 14:25-31 - "And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."
28And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." 29He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"