“Nic at Nite”
The Invitation: “You must be born again”
1- The Problem:
– Misuse of the term: “Born again”
ie. someone or something got a new lease on life.
– Born again thought of as a sect of Christianity
Born again refers to a spiritual birth.
You can’t be a Christian without being born again.
2- The Importance of being born again
You MUST be born again
– Nicodemus is the kind of person who we think would NOT need to be born again.
– Most people think the kind of people who are born again are those who have an emotional experience. It’s for broken people or for people who need a moral structure in their life. (ie it’s for people who need to clean up their act)
– Nicodemus is completely opposite: he’s rich, he’s moral, he’s got it all together, he’s a teacher of teachers.
– Born again is essential, it’s central
3- What is it?
– Born again means starting over from day one.
– Nothing you’ve done counts to make you a citizen in Kingdom of Heaven.
– When you are born again, you feel like a different person. The things that define you change. You receive a new identity. (2 Cor 5:17)
– Born again is about transformation not reformation
– Seeing Jesus differently – from teacher to savior. (Numbers 21)
– Being born again changes the way you see everything. (John 3:3)
4- How to be born again: Receive it.
“I will be lifted up so that all the poison and venom inside you will be healed. I came to be lifted up, not to be a teacher. I came to be lifted up as your savior.”
– You can’t make yourself be born physically.
– You do not become born again, by what YOU DO. It is by looking up and seeing what he did FOR YOU. You have to RECEIVE IT.
– You believe in the one who was lifted up.
– You believe in the one
John 16:21ff A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
I am the woman I am the mother. I will die in my labor, I will die in my blood and when I am lifted up on the Cross, I will lose the Father’s love so you can have it. But I love you so much that when I see you born it will be so worth it. – Jesus