Get Rid of Your Approach
March 7, 2021 Speaker: Chris Mueller
Passage: John 3:1–3:21
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- Nicodemus was a Jewish pharisee and part of the Sanhedrin, which means he was a religious leader and very learned scholar. In spite of this He did not understand God’s plan of salvation and the need to be born again. Jesus told Nicodemus ““Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?” Is it possible for people to be too smart for their own good? How so? In regards to your faith walk with Christ, how do you sometimes fall into this trap of being too smart for your own good?
- Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again if he wanted to see the Kingdom of God. Why do you think Jesus uses the imagery of being “born again” to describe salvation?
- Every other religion teaches that you must work your way into heaven. Biblical Christianity is the only religion that says, we can do nothing to earn our way to heaven. It is God who must do the work on your behalf. Why do you think some people would rather earn their way to heaven rather than receive God’s grace?
- From our sermon, we heard that there are three characteristics described in John 3:19-21 that describe genuine believers in Christ: 1) they hate sin, 2) they love holiness, and 3) they follow/practice God’s word. What does it mean to “hate sin”? What does it look like to “love holiness”? How would you explain to a child what it means to follow/practice God’s word?
- According to the 3 characteristics of a genuine believer from question 4, are you a genuine believer? What should you do if in doubt?