Sunday March 29th Sermon Discussion Questions
Jesus Encounters Nicodemus
What kind of baggage comes with the phrase “born again”?
One reason many might not like the term “born again” is that they believe they only need a little spiritual tweak or assistance. Nicodemus is the 3rd “wreck” we’ve seen. Go through each and explain how they are “wrecked” and how you can relate to each:
- Woman at Well (John 4:4-26) - “Obvious” outcast
- Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) - Wealthy, despicable, hated
- Nicodemus - Insider, moral, got it “all together”
Why do they (we) all need a re-birth?
1 Peter 1:23 says this: “...since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God...”
The word for “born again” is the combination of two words: “Genesis/Creation” + “Again”. This word doesn’t exist (to our knowledge) anywhere else in any writings. It’s a word Peter made up to capture the outrageously unique metamorphosis that takes place when someone becomes a follower of Christ.
How is “created again” capture this change in/to us?
Compare and Contrast “becoming a Christian” to a baby literally being born...similarities and differences?
Why would Peter (and Jesus) emphasize this word/event?
3) New Life
How did being born again change Nicodemus (John 19:39)?
What difference in this life could being born again make?
--Read about our new “Sonship” in Gal 4:4-7
----How is it that Jesus’ death created our new-birth?
The point isn’t changed behavior, but changed hearts.
--How does being “re-created” change heart/motivation?