Wednesday@Wesley Bible Study
WEDNESDAY@WESLEY BIBLE STUDY
FOR THIS WEEK – Nov 14, 2018: John 3:1-15. Nicodemus: “You must be born again.”
#1. Imagine the scene: Nicodemus, a teacher of the Jews, comes to Jesus secretly by night. What do you imagine he saw as he came into the room where Jesus and the disciples were? How were the disciples treating each other and how might this have led to the conversation Nicodemus had with Jesus?
#2. What is your personal understanding of what it means to be “born again” or “born anew”?
A; Is it a literal spiritual experience?
B: Or does it simply mean that everyone starts from the beginning? (Nicodemus has no seniority?)
C: Or does it mean that we have to grow and learn how to live spiritually like a baby needs to learn?
#3, Do you notice some Christians acting like babies?
#4. Do you think that people might grow up in Christ following the same stages that people grow up – infant, child, teenager, adult, parent, grandparent? Are the stages similar?
#5. Nicodemus seems to want to debate Jesus, a standard method of teaching and learning with Jewish rabbis. How does Jesus respond? How does one discover the truth?
#6. The serpent on a pole story can be read in Numbers 21:4-9 … what do you think Jesus means about being “lifted up”? (see the picture below)
While we will have Bibles on hand, you might wish to bring your favorite bible from home. Familiar tools help us do our work well!
We meet at 7 pm Wednesdays at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 3381 Kinoka Road between Kinmundy and Patoka, Illinois.
WE WILL NOT MEET the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 21.
The photo …
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