When I first got to the Village Church it was at that time called Highland Village First Baptist Church in Highland Village, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. It was about a hundred and sixty older men and women. So in that setting, I wanted to preach a series early on in my time there about doubt. It focused on what to do with doubt and where doubt was coming from, so doubt isn't one-size-fits-all. It really kind of swelled up from different places and in different seasons. So I on a given weekend service said, "Here's what I want you to do. I want you to grab your bulletin, and on the back of your bulletin if you consistently struggle with a doubt, you consistently wrestle with some truth about God, some truth about Jesus, something about the Word of God, I want you to write it out on that bulletin and tear it off. And I want you to put it in the joy boxes." That's what we call our offering boxes. "Put it in the joy boxes and then we're going to look through those and address it." When all was said and done that weekend, it looked like we were doing a building campaign, but we weren't. What we did take in that day was a mountain of people's doubts, confusions, and guilt. Here's what became clear: The people at Highland Village First Baptist Church almost completely understood what God wanted of them and demanded of them. They were not confused that God was holy and that in God's holiness he had an expectation about their life and how they behaved. The Word of God bore its weight on every area of their lives. The largest mound of doubts read something like this:
I know what God requires of me. Why can't I seem to do it? Why am I always two steps forward, one step back? Why am I perpetually climbing up the mountain, ...
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