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krisheadshotPASTOR KRIS FREEMAN

Kris is the lead pastor and founding church planter for Revolution Church. He grew up in northern Sumner County and returned home to launch Revolution, and lives in White House with his wife Jennifer, and two children Madison and Noah.

Growing up in the small community of New Deal - between Portland and White House - he has spent much of his life as a volunteer for community, sports and education.

Kris is the public address announcer for Vanderbilt University men's and women's basketball, and also serves as an announcer for various sports for Lipscomb University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Vanderbilt University, the TSSAA and The Nashville Sounds.

He is entering his 20th year with White House High School football and serves as the Voice of the Blue Devils for football and basketball. He received the White House Quarterback Club Award for community service in 2005, 2010, and 2012. He is a coach for the White House Dixie Baseball program in ages 9-10 and has previously served as an assistant coach with WHHS in baseball.

Kris is the former president of the White House Area Chamber of Commerce and has been presented with three press awards by the Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee Sports Writers Association for his work in media. He left journalism to pursue full-time ministry. He is a board member with the Northern Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jennifer handles payroll in human resources for the corporate offices of ServPro in Gallatin.

Pastor K has served as a church planter, senior pastor, associate and youth pastor and has served in missions in Jamaica, Niger (Africa) and locally with tornado relief to El Reno, OK. He announced his call to ministry in 1998 and is a graduate of Christian Training Institute in 2001 in Pastoral Ministries and also has a degree in communications after serving as a news and sports editor for Gannett Inc. and a broadcast journalist for Volunteer State College and WVCP-FM, where he met his wife. He studied corporate and organizational communication at Western Kentucky University.

He began in youth ministry at his home church, Halltown Church, before serving seven years in Kentucky as the senior pastor of Pleasant Union in Lewisburg, KY. He and his wife were certified through General Baptist National Missions and Church Planting Dynamics in 2009 to plant Revolution Church with full missions support. The church grew from launch to self-support and a permanent facility in 16 months. 

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I Have Doubts (04.23.17 Notes) - The Story of Thomas

“I Have Doubts”
Pastor Kris Freeman
Revolution Church
April 23, 2017

Scripture: John 20:24-31 (NLT)

On Sunday evening after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples behind a locked door in an upper room (John 20:19). At least one of the remaining disciples was not there.

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Thomas – called Didymus (a name that means “twin” although his twin sibling is never identified) – is only mentioned once each in Matthew, Mark and Luke. In John, we learn more about him.

Thomas was often a PESSIMIST although he is called DOUBTING THOMAS by tradition. 

John 20:25 – “I won’t believe.” – Greek ou mē

The reason? He often had a very rough outlook of the circumstances of Jesus. All those times involved Jesus potentially being AWAY.

Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” (John 11:16 NLT) – Thomas fears Jesus will be stoned if he goes back to Bethany with Lazarus. But he is willing to remain by his side.

All the disciples had doubt after the resurrection. Thomas gets a bad rap, but in truth he was very faithful and LOYAL.

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

What do we do when we have DOUBTS about the stories of the Bible?
  • What story is the hardest for you to believe? ____________________
  • What principle or teaching is the hardest for you to receive? ___________________
  • How do you feel when you have trouble believing?

  • Do you feel sinful when you do not believe?
  • Do you feel God doesn’t love you when you do not believe?
  • Do you feel REJECTED when you do not believe?

God still used Thomas in spite of his pessimism. 

Tradition and history says Thomas may have carried the Gospel to southern India; where several churches were built in his honor and his tomb reportedly exists. He died a martyr, by a SPEAR in his SIDE.

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To be used by God, sometimes big QUESTIONS lead to GREAT FAITH.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.  Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. (Hebrews 11:1-2 NLT)

Please don’t ignore God’s PEOPLE because you don’t fully understand God’s PLAN.

There were eight days between the resurrection and Jesus meeting Thomas. Where was he? What was he doing? Did he give up and run? Pout? Sulk? Was he searching for him (John 14:5 “we don’t know where you are going so how can we know the way?). But at some point, Thomas returns to the FELLOWSHIP of his friends and then God’s plan is unveiled to him.

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

#HeIsRisen