The Untold Story – The Conversation That Changed History

(Message 3) Do good people go to Heaven? What if you memorize the Bible, keep all the religious requirements perfectly, and hold the most prestigious religious position possible? Surely that’s good enough, right? Jesus had a conversation with a man in exactly this position and told him plainly that it wasn’t enough. Join us as Jesus reveals how to get eternal life in our message, “The Untold Story – The Conversation That Changed History”. #GCTheUntoldStory

Nicodemus:

  • Pharisee
  • Member of the Sanhedrin
  • Rabbi

 

 

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John 3:1-2 (NLT)

1 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

John 3:3-8 (NLT)

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 3:9-17 (NLT)

9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Numbers 21:4-9

John 7:48-52

John 19:38-42

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What’s your favorite musical artist or song from the 80s?  Why?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read John 3:1-2.  What do you think Nicodemus thought about Jesus?  Why did he come to Jesus at night?
  • Read John 3:3-8.  How did Nicodemus understand the phrase “born again?”  What does that phrase mean to you.
  • In the end, did Nicodemus become a born again believer?  For insight, read John 7:48-52 and John 19:38-42.
  • Read John 3:9-17.  Summarize the story Jesus is referring to in Numbers 21.  Why did Jesus use this story to explain his own future?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Pastor Troy told the story about Dan Leach waffling between making a confession and not admitting guilt.  Describe a time when you have waffled between confessing sin and hiding that sin.  What did you ultimately decide to share or hide and why?
  • Referring to John 3:3-8 and being born again, how does being born again impact the way we live? How would you respond to the person who says, “My life didn’t change much after becoming a Christian?”
  • According to John 3:16-17, who does God love and want to save? How do we receive eternal life?  What does “believe” mean in the passage?
  • What other behavioral stipulations are required to receive eternal life?  If nothing other than belief is required of us, how does that change the way you view God?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify one area of your life, or one practice, in which you can demonstrate that your belief in Jesus is also fully trusting and relying on him for your salvation.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Dear heavenly father, we are so thankful that you sent your only son to save us.  Thank you for this assurance we have because of your sovereignty, holiness and grace.  Please help us to more fully rely on and trust Jesus, so that we may have everlasting life.  -Amen

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Troy Knight

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