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.
Who should I invite to Lifegroups this week?