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LIFE IN THE SON - The Night Owl

Sermon-Based Bible Study
January 22, 2017

  • What are you thankful for this week? What are you celebrating? What has caused stress or anxiety in your world this week?

  • What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

  • Read John 1:19-28 and 3:1-5, 22. Compare and contrast the questioning of John with the questioning of Jesus. What does Jesus say is necessary if one wants to see or enter the Kingdom of God? Does it seem like those questioning John assumed that the Messiah would baptize people? Why?

  • Chris said that “being born of water” refers to baptisms going on in this part of the gospel of John. Does it make sense to you that Nicodemus would understand that? Why?

  • Read Genesis 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2; 2 Peter 3:1-7; and 1 Peter 3:18-22. Water is associated with new beginnings on three occasions: creation, the flood, and crossing the Red Sea. Chris pointed out that baptism signifies a new beginning. Is that a helpful way for you to understand baptism? Why?

  • Read John 1:12-13 and 3:6-8. Chris said that when Jesus says a person must be “born of the Spirit,” he’s driving home the point that being born again is a work of God - it’s not something we control. Does that truth bring you peace? Why?

  • Read John 3:16-17; Matthew 18:12-14; and 2 Peter 3:9. What encouragement do you get from these passages?

  • Read John 3:13-14; John 12:32-33; and Numbers 21:4-9. How is the snake Moses lifted up similar to Jesus? How is it different?

  • Read John 3:19-20 and Isaiah 53. What is it about Jesus on the cross that makes it difficult for you to “look at Him?” Is “coming into the light” scary for you? Why?

  • In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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