#CHANGEFORMATION Week 3
September 27, 2020 / John 3:1-5
When the unexpected happens, Jesus may be you to Him.
“ that God our Father accepts as and is this: to look after and …” James 1:27
is our effort to reach God.
is God’s effort to reach us.
Religion can do more harm to you than good. It’s like a vaccine; you’re given a little religion but if that’s all you get, it can do more harm than good. If all you get is the and not the, it becomes like a . – Billy Graham
Nicodemus shows us 3 steps to move from a to .
1. Approach .
John 3:1-5 NIV
3 Now there was a , a man named who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are .[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of and the .
John 3:16-17 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
for Christ doesn’t equal with Christ.
Luke 18:19 NIV
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
2. speak for Jesus.
John 7:46-51 niv
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the , who asked them, “?”
46 “ever the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50 , who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “?”
1 Peter 3:15 NIV
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to for the that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
3. to Jesus.
38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by , the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
“For God () so loved () the world ) that he gave () his one and only Son (), that whoever believes () in him shall not perish () but have eternal life ).” – John 3:16
- Religion the bar –
- The world the bar –
- Jesus the bar –
The next step in my transformation is _________________.
The role of the church is not to stand
at the side of the high jump and call people losers
but to introduce the world to Jesus.
Religion is hanging around the cross,
Christianity is hanging on the cross.
— Stephen Hill