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SIGNS       John 3: 1-16       Moving Beyond Religion       Week Three

You Must Be Born Again

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Discussion:

(Reminder: These are starting points for openness and transparency. Don’t stress about getting through them all or limit your discussion to just these few questions. Discussion can provide opportunities for your group to be more vulnerable with each other. There are no “wrong” answers and everything shared within the group STAYS within the group. Confidentiality and care are your keys to growth.)

This week’s theme is “Moving Beyond Religion.” What are your thoughts about the following statement:
“I’d rather be biblical than Baptist.” Is this offensive to you? Why or why not? 

What are areas of life that you want to decide instead of allowing God to direct your path? Why do we try to do this alone? (Control?

Take a poll of the group: Who here “has it all figured out?” Who here has ANYTHING COMPLETELY figured out? In what ways do you “play like you’ve got it figured out” when you’re really just trying to figure it out? 

When we recognize and admit we don’t have it figured out, what should our response in genuineness and authenticity look like? (Turn to the Authority, the One that has it all figured out

According to Pastor Scott, there are times we choose preferences over relationships. He shared that Jesus wanted Nicodemus to “Let God change you to be like Me.” What is the goal of the Christian life? (Becoming more like Jesus each day in order to glorify God) What preferences are you holding onto? Are there personal preferences you hold to that might injure relationships or create barriers to others knowing Christ? 

Have you given your life to Christ? If not, why not?
Are you living “All for Jesus?” If not, why not?


SIGNS       John 4: 1-26       What if Jesus Knew Your Sins?       Week Two

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

Discussion:
(Reminder: These are starting points for openness and transparency. Don’t stress about getting through them all or limit your discussion to just these few questions. Discussion can provide opportunities for your group to be more vulnerable with each other. There are no “wrong” answers and everything shared within the group STAYS within the Group. Confidentiality and care are your keys to growth.)

What was most poignant for you regarding Pastor Scott’s video? Share something with the group that spoke to you.

When was the last time you had a “Divine Appointment” with Jesus? How did that come about?

Is there fear or tension for you when you recognize that Jesus knows your sin? Does it make sense that He loves you anyway? Does it make drawing close to Him difficult?

What does it mean for you to “come broken” to Jesus? If He alone is the key to life transformation, why would we not draw as close to Him as possible? What hinders us? Is our sin so important that we sacrifice our relationship with Him? How do we fix that condition?


SIGNS Week One John 1: 1-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Discussion: 

(Reminder: These are starting points for openness and transparency. Don’t stress about getting through them all or limit your discussion to just these few questions. Discussion can provide opportunities for your group to be more vulnerable with each other. There are no “wrong” answers and everything shared within the group STAYS within the group. Confidentiality and care are your keys to growth.)

The major intent of John was presenting the deity of Jesus as the only begotten Son of God. He uses signs throughout his writing to exhibit and draw attention to Jesus’ deity. Are there questions you have regarding the historical accuracy of the life of Jesus? Share your thoughts on some miracles/events of the New Testament that seem scientifically unreasonable.

What doubts do you have as we start this series regarding the life and ministry of Jesus that you would like to explore or clear up over the next seven weeks?

From the reading above, what assurances or encouragement do you find that can help increase your faith or give you peace regarding Jesus? Though difficult to grasp, what are your thoughts about verse 2? 

What words are used here to describe Jesus? If everything we do is about Jesus and how we become more like him, what characteristics listed in these verses can we build into our daily lives? How might you best exhibit ‘grace and truth’ in your day-to-day activities?