Sermon John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion By The Rev. Standing in the dark, Nicodemus is looking to be enlightened by Jesus. It takes something from you. asking Him how He was doing the things He did. John 3:9 Genteel Ignorance Anecdotes of the Wesleys. It’s based on John 3:1-17. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. 1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. “born again” is a bit strange-sounding, if thought of in a literal sense. Standing in the dark, knocking on Jesus’ door. 14 And just 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. Jesus is the light of the world. Can’t God teach us things in the dark? Nicodemus âcame to Jesus by nightâ (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). We So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 And Nicodemus stands there with his jaw on the floor and all he can say is, “How can these things be?”. people. who He was and what He was doing. The blessed and beautiful truth of Jesus told Nicodemus that God loved us so much He gave up His You can listen to this sermon here. God dwells in darkness. Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal Priest, a college professor, and New York Times Best Selling author. Sermon â âNicodemusâ (John 3:1-8) Have you ever been sitting in a restaurant when you find yourself beginning to pick up strains of the conversation at the next table? And then there is today’s gospel text with Nicodemus. (Allow responses for questions…) Do you Learning to walk in the dark – it is her current metaphor for what it is like to be a person of faith right now, but it is also her effort to redeem what the world, and especially the church, has demonized – the darkness. might be famous, or very well-known? Only if you are desperate to know if she will still be your girlfriend in the morning after the fight you just had. become a new creation and have a special kind of “birth” that saves us All we know is that the day Jesus died on the cross while still in love with this world, Nicodemus was there too to take his body down. Children’s Message: Born being babies, right? son. This Children’s Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. But when you’ve learned to walk in the dark, you find your way with your hands and your heart and not just your head. His compass is spinning, he’s lost his way and all he can do is use his hands and his feet to steady himself and find a path forward. In its place, to be born again is to be given only one thing – the promise that you are held close to the bosom be held and taken care of by the One, the Creator, the Spirit of God who loves you and the entire world. Object Lesson Props & Optional What a beautiful gift! So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”. Greet the children, and invite Jesus in His conversation with Nicodemus, (John 3:3; 5-7); Peter in his first epistle, (1 Peter 1:3, 23) â¦ Then you’re ready to share this message in your church next Sunday, March 8, 2020. To be born again, to be a child in need is to have your precious and hard-earned independence and knowledge of how you think this world and God work taken away from you. That would be strange. John 3:1-17 For no one could perform the signs you are John 3:1-2 Christ as a Teacher J. L. Harris. It Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. He had heard about Jesus, and wanted to ask Him some questions about John 3:9 Man Naturally Ignorant Toplady. Mostly because she consistently performs what can only be called Homiletical Healings – or sermon miracles. can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the eternal life. I believe what you have written about what Jesus meant but I need some backup on the background and history of Nicodemus. In fact, I know people who will only go to church during Lent and on Good Friday (which could be described as some of the darkest services in the church year) because it is the only time in the church year when the mood and the minor key worship mirrors what’s inside their life and their heart. new life. Reading: John 3:1-9 Title: Nicodemus the man with an open heart. There are times when life gets a little stale, boring and empty, when you do the same things over and over and over again. We believe that children and parents benefit from a strong Christian education program in the church. And in the end Jesus takes something from him instead. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Every kids church ministry deserves the very best resources for teaching God’s Word, even when they don’t have the financial resources. I wonder if we donât all come to Jesus by night. now? How do I get born again Jesus? 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. This is the 4th in a 5 part sermon series on people who have encountered Christ and how thier lives have been changed. John 3:1-2 Brave Nicodemus G. T. Coster. But then again, so are they. Michael K. Marsh March 12, 2017 March 12, 2017 Abram, Darkness, Genesis 12:1-4, John 3:1-17, Lent 2A, Light, Light of Christ, Nicodemus, Spiritual Journey 10 thoughts on â In the Nighttime of Life â A Sermon on Genesis 12:1-4 and John 3:1-17 â “Surely they cannot (Have kids repeat each line) Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus to save us Thank you that we can have new life, and be born again Help us remember that every day Thank you for your love We love you, God! More often than not, if we are leaving the comfort of home at night, it’s because we are desperate for something. Was he supposed to Sunday, March 12th, 2017 – Sermon on Nicodemus and John 3(1-17), December 24th, 2020 – On (Not) Being Home Alone at Christmas, a sermon on Luke 2, Sunday, December 13th, 2020 – The Advent Dreamers, a sermon on Psalm 126, Sunday, November 29th, 2020 – The Advent Blues, a sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday, November 8th, 2020 – You Have What You Need. Introduction In the account before us today, we see a common figure in Judaism. Which is a really an incorrect distinction, for all true Christians have been âborn againâ But what does it mean to be âborn againâ? Or Nic at Night, as my childhood pastor used to always call it. important. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Some of you, I know, are familiar with her work. Sorry! But can’t God work in the nighttime? The lights of everything he has worked for and everything he thought he knew in his life have gone out. Nicodemus came at night. Dr. Roy W. Howard Several years ago, I noticed something peculiar happening to Perhaps it is just one word that catches your attention initially. Nothing! Did you catch that? Some have said that Nicodemus was hiding in the darkness. More questions, fewer answers. Download the teachers notes, watch our Children's Message example, and gather your supplies. It’s easy to miss with the light of these All-Star Scripture verses blinding our eyes – “Truly, I tell you,” Jesus says, “no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Or “born again” as some texts translate it – creating the verse for the born-again movement. We are made new in Him. When Moses climbs Mt. And that’s how I see Nicodemus – as someone who is desperate. Seeks Jesus Bible Lesson for Kids, Jesus and Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online. When we want peace and comfort, he disturbs us with and calls us to the needs of our neighbors. No, it didn’t make any sense at all. Instead, Jesus has come to endarken him so that he loses all confidence in his ability to master the subject matter, all ability to achieve anything, and was driven instead into the arms of the Spirit.”, Nicodemus wants Jesus to give him something. And then the most famous of all – For God so loved the world, the God gave God’s only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.”, I don’t know about you, but these infamous verses generate more anxiety in me than they do comfort. The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in Jesus. Required fields are marked *. I blame Graham Kendrick. If Nicodemus is the creature who needs to be born, all he needs to do, all he can do, is wait – while someone else, the Someone Else, bears him. John 3:9 Religious Revivals J. Clayton. He was Sinai and when Jesus is transfigured on top of a mountain, God comes to both of them in a dense cloud. Every week, thousands of churches use our Bible lessons, craft ideas, printable resources, and coloring pages to teach kids the Christian faith. 2 He Could we see him as a man who is desperately learning to walk in the dark? The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in Jesus. physical birth, but being born again happens through the Holy Spirit. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Why else would he call Jesus “Rabbi, teacher,” if he weren’t looking to gain something, receive something from him, something that will fit that huge, oddly shaped hole in his life that has opened up. And he had with him one hundred pounds of anointing oil for Jesus’ body. The elderly volunteer who stood by confronted this dignitary with the question, âAre you saâ¦ John 3:9 Nicodemus's Perplexity Canon Miller. One by one, hold up Bears with him. Message Note: As with most messages, the details of how you choose to communicate this are adaptable and should cater to timing as well as to your audience and student needs. Questions from Nicodemus, and Jesus meant that faith gives us new life. It’s for We only have to believe and receive free salvation! 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. But what he doesn’t understand quite yet is that isn’t the kind of teacher Jesus is. 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. it comes from or where it is going. the Gospel is that we do not have to do anything special in order to receive I wonder if you can identify who they might be. shrink down and become a tiny baby all over again? You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where His name is Nicodemus. 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