Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Lifegroup map 2/22/09 “Night-vision” John 3:1-15

Please choose any One of the following Ice breakers:

(Everyone doesn’t have to answer the same one… pick the one you like!)

  • What is your favorite season of the year?

  • When was the last time you were in your hometown?

  • What’s the 1st thing you do when you get home from a long trip?

Life exploration time: Read out-loud John 3:1-15

~ (Assuming Nicodemus is actually sincere in 3:2 and he’s not being sarcastic with his “we know” statement) Why is Nicodemus convinced that Jesus is an authentic teacher?

~ What do you make of Nicodemus coming to see Jesus at night?

~ Where else in John’s Gospel (other than here in 3:3 & 3:5) does Jesus use the term “Kingdom”?

[Hint, there’s only one other time John records Jesus as saying “Kingdom”]

When would Nicodemus have had an opportunity to hear Jesus teach, AND,

How much could Nicodemus have been expected to know about Baptism at this point in time?

~ As a Pharisee (and probably a member of the Sanhedrin) Nicodemus would’ve had to have been an expert in the Bible and a decent & morally upright man.

Assuming he did know his Scriptures and he was a moral teacher and leader:

Why isn’t that level of morality & depth of Scriptural understanding enough to make Nicodemus righteous in Jesus’ eyes; since he is told that he would still need to experience a “rebirth” in 3:7?

(BTW: This also goes for whoever else is with him; since the pronoun “you” is in a plural form here, it means Jesus is talking to more than just Nicodemus…)

~ In JN 3:5-8, what role does the Spirit play in our rebirth?

~ Looking at Jn 3:13-15, shed light on how these two truths both function together in our salvation experience:

(1.) What God does, along with,

(2.) Our personal faith.

Personal reflection

Who should I invite to Lifegroups this week?

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