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Questioning Doesn’t Make You A “Doubter”

Outline by Brian A. Yeager

I. Introduction:

A. Being of a doubtful mind is not a good thing (Luke 12:29).

1. Being uncertain leaves one unstable (James 1:8).

2. Stumbling around leads to falling (i.e. Jeremiah 50:32).

B. Yet, is asking a question the same as being a “doubter”?

1. When there was a real question, Jesus answered it (John 16:16-30).

2. When there was doubt, He called it such (Matthew 14:24-31).



II. Body: Aren’t We To Test All Things (I Thessalonians 5:21)?

A. The way to defeat doubt is to have faith which is rooted in evidence (Hebrews 11:1).

1. God provides evidence of His existence for a reason (Acts 14:17 and Acts 17:18-31).

2. God provides evidence, such as foreknowledge in the Scriptures, for a reason (Job 26:7, Job 38:16, Isaiah 40:22, Ecclesiastes 1:7, Ecclesiastes 11:3, and Amos 9:6).

3. God had witnesses testify for a reason (Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 4:33, Acts 7:44, I Corinthians 15:1-7, and Hebrews 2:1-4; cf. John 8:17).

B. It is right to reason [thoroughly discuss] from the Scriptures (Acts 17:1-3).

1. “Reasoning” may include disputes (Acts 17:17).

2. “Reasoning” will lead to conclusions one way or the other (Acts 18:4, Acts 19:9-10, and Acts 24:24-25).

3. The word translated “reasoned” is also translated “preached” (i.e. Acts 20:7).

a. We must deduce that preaching includes answering honest questions (Acts 28:22-31).

b. The need to “stablish” [set fast] through preaching proves such is in place to make one’s faith stable (Romans 16:25)?

c. Good teachers help able students understand the word of God (Nehemiah 8:3-8 and II Timothy 2:24-26).

4. How reasonable is it to be ready to give an answer (Colossians 4:6 and I Peter 3:15) if it is wrong for someone to ask a question?

C. Sometimes people fear to ask honest questions (Mark 9:31-32).

1. The disciples were told NOT to enter into the city of the Samaritans (Matthew 10:5).

a. A confusing situation arose that brought questions to the twelve (John 4:5-27).

b. They missed the opportunity to learn because they didn’t ask the question (Proverbs 18:15).

2. Follow the example of a wise preacher and seek to find (Ecclesiastes 12:10).

3. The “bad questions” are the questions with impure motives behind them (I Timothy 1:3-4 and Titus 3:9-11).



III. Conclusion: Don’t hinder commanded growth (II Peter 3:18) because you don’t want to ask questions!



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