GIANTS Series Outline • What is it? • What does it do to me? • How do I kill it? Secret Weapon Recap • Fear – Love • Discouragement – Humility • Loneliness – Introspection • Guilt – Acceptance • Worry – Shame • Temptation – Cowardice • Anger – Burning • Resentment – Mortality • Doubt – Testing Testing the Null • H0: The Ford Mustang has replaced the Volkswagen Rabbit as the pinnacle chick car. • Sampling 1,000 via phone: – Do you own a Ford Mustang? – Are you a chick? • The 95% certainty threshold. – Type I Error – Type II Error Warm Up • What is doubt? • What do we doubt? • Is doubt ever healthy or productive? What is it? • Doubt is seen in our modern world as a trait of weakness. • “He who hesitates is lost.” • We build game shows and entertainment around inflicting it. • Two flavors of doubt: – “I choose not to believe.” (unbelief) – “I don’t understand.” (uncertainty) What does it do to me? • Christian translation of two flavors: – “I question the existence, qualities, and/or consistency of God.” – “I don’t question God’s attributes, but I don’t understand what He’s doing.” • The first seeks to derail your experience, trust, and maturity in Christ. • The second seeks to verify what you know about God through better understanding. How do I kill it? • Understand that doubt develops in isolation. – Thomas was the only one not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples. – His isolation led to a lack of experience which led to doubt. – His isolation denied him an affirming experience that the others had enjoyed. How do I kill it? • Understand doubt’s source. – Articulate your doubt clearly. What exactly are you struggling with? – Evaluate yourself on the origin of your doubt. • • • • Conversation? Book? Movie? Personal setback? – Instead of declaring yourself a failure, take your doubt to God in deliberate prayer. How do I kill it? • Earnest doubt demands a span of time. – Drawing conclusions on the conditions of the day, or on fragments of evidence before it all comes in can lead to the wrong mindset. – Jesus made Thomas wait a week before getting the evidence he desired. – Looking back over long spans in your own life, do you see the immutable qualities of God at work? How do I kill it? • Force doubt into its proper perspective. – “Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.” – Doubt should be a searching minority of your mindset, not the tumultuous majority. – Don’t let minor questions confuse your foundational doctrine: • “Do dogs go to heaven?” • “At what age would God let a child get into heaven without them praying the sinner’s prayer?” How do I kill it? • Pursue doubt through to its conclusion. – Thomas stuck around until the evidence to his question was presented. – Failing to do so leaves pocks of unanswered questions that could ravage your spiritual strength as Alzheimer's attacks the mind. – Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to. – Pursue it until you find yourself facing the conclusion of “My Lord and my God!” How do I kill it? • Accept your limitations. – The more you study, the more will come to your attention in the way of doubt. – The more you study, the more you’ll learn that you just can’t understand everything. – The Bible has all truth, but not all the answers. • The Bible does not attack all of our modern quandaries with specificity. • These require the APPLICATION of the TRUTH we find in the Bible about God’s will and character. Kill Shot • “You must not put The Lord your God to the test.” • Yet… – Abraham and the fate of Sodom & Gomorrah. – Gideon and the dew point fleeces. – John the Baptist – Doubting Thomas Kill Shot • DO NOT test God by imposing your will ahead of His. • DO NOT test God by the assumption that His power is somehow at your whim. • DO test His promises to discover their unwavering validity. • DO test, probe, and prove the perfection of God’s plan and will for your life. Testing the Infinite • We take 95% confidence samples because it’s too expensive to learn the “true” truth of our greatest questions. • With God, truth is always 100.00%. There is no possibility of a Type II error. • With God, the greatest tragedy is a Type 1 error…having the evidence to proceed but holding back because we do not believe it.