Netflixmas: The Polar Express – Faith and Doubt

In the movie, the Polar Express, a magical train takes several children to the North Pole to rebuild their faith in Santa. Faith in Santa and faith in God are a lot alike. They deteriorate for many of the same reasons. Through the themes of this movie and the story of John the Baptist, we will learn some key things about faith and doubt.

BIG IDEA: Faith is not the absence of doubt.
Faith is pursuing God despite your doubts.



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KEY PASSAGES:

(excerpts from the story of John the Baptist)
People from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him (John).
(Matthew 3:5)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’ I didn’t know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him. I didn’t know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on — He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God! ” (John 1:29-34)

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent a message by his disciples and asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else? ” (Matthew 11:2-3)

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