Icebreaker

Can you recall the day you got saved? 

Main Scripture:

John 3:1- NLT

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.”

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.”

Discussion:

All of us have a natural birthday. But without a spiritual birthday, we will never be able to experience the power and fullness of the life God has for us. Believe it or not, claiming a religious affiliation is not enough to be "born again." Our relationship with God is not determined by tradition, law, or religion. 

Q1 - Looking back at the scripture, why do you think Nicodemus was so eager to speak with Jesus? What was it that made Jesus stick out to Nicodemus?

Q2 - Read verse 3 again. What do you think we miss out on when we are not born again?

Read verse 4 again. Nicodemus asked Jesus how he can go back into his mother's womb. What he was really trying to do was change his situation through his own actions.

Q3 - This can happen to anybody. Have you ever found yourself depending on your own works to be saved? Talk about that time.

All of our human efforts are like filthy rags to the Lord. Only the Holy Spirit can produce spiritual results. 

Q4 - Why is it a good thing to know that our human efforts don't produce spiritual results? 

Q5 - The Holy Spirit is like a hurricane. He changes lives, changes situations, and is powerful, but you can't see Him. Have you seen the effects of the Holy Spirit in your life?

The 3 Ingredients:

1. Water

Q6 - God uses the word to begin a move of the Holy Spirit. In your life, what are some life-changing words that you have received that have changed your life forever?

2. Spirit

Q7 - Name a time in your life you know the Holy Spirit guided you to make the right decision. 

3. Faith/Belief

Q8 - Name a time in your life you exercised great faith to accomplish something great.

Declaration:

I am born again! I am not saved by my works or by religious affiliation, I am saved because of the powerful love of Jesus Christ! Thank you God for saving me!

application:

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