DiscipleChurch Family and Friends,
This Sunday Rev. Kay Johnson will be our preacher. As most of you know Kay is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church – retired (technically). Kay leads a weekly bible study, centering prayer group, sings in the choir, and is teaching in Sunday school classes most Sundays. Kay is a member of our DiscipleChurch family and we are always blessed when she preaches. I hope you will join us this Sunday beginning at 7:30 A.M. in Wesley Hall for DiscipleChurch breakfast, at 8:30 A.M. in the Chapel, and 9:30 A.M. for discussion and formation in the Foundation Building.
Blessings you sister in Christ,
I will be preaching on Nicodemus and being born from above, John 3:1-14 . What does it mean to be Born Again, Born from Above, Born Anew? We need to think about rescuing this concept from our Conservative sisters and brothers. We will ponder Nicodemus’ question to Jesus, “How can we be born again?” And reflect on Jesus’ response, “You must be born by water and the Spirit.” What was Jesus referring to, what are the implications for our lives?
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 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. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,