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					                       Small Group Edification
                              Edification 5
                         You Must Be Born Again

                  Introductory Notes for the Facilitator

Focus Thought
      We can only experience the new birth of water and Spirit when
we obey the instructions of Jesus Christ.

Focus Verse
John 3:5, New King James Version
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of
water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Background Notes for the Group Facilitator
       Perhaps have a spare key for everyone with a tag that says, “Acts
2:38” on it to remind people that Peter was given the keys to the
kingdom.

Suggested Meeting Schedule
     Open with Prayer
     Icebreaker (5 minutes)
     Optional Worship Session (5-10 minutes)
     Edification (5-10 minutes)
     Discussion (20-30 minutes)
     Wrap-up and Reflection (10 minutes) soft background music suggested here
     Share Prayer Needs for the Week
     Close with Prayer




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                       You Must Be Born Again
                       Small Group Edification

Icebreaker (5 minutes)
       Where was everyone born? Were there any special
circumstances surrounding the natural births of anyone in the group?
       Where was everyone born again? Baptized? Spirit-filled? Do you
celebrate your spiritual birthday every year just as you celebrate your
natural birthday? Why or why not?

Edification (5-10 minutes)
        “How can a man be born again when he is old?” That was the
question posed to Jesus from Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a colleague
of the Sanhedrin. He was a man of high standing in the Jewish culture.
By his responses to Jesus, he was sincere and seeking more truth than
he had at the time. His questions were also skeptical and cautious.
Jesus answered his questions with clarity and compassion.
        The Jews also asked questions on the Day of Pentecost in Acts
2:15. When people on the street heard the noise from the Upper Room,
they began to make accusations and ask hard questions. Peter was
more than willing to share the new church’s experience with the crowds
on the street. He was quick to tell them about the experience of the new
wine that made the new believers drunk. Because of their questions and
Peter’s answers, there were about three thousand souls added to the
Kingdom that very day. (See Acts 2:41.)
        Even though people assume all different sorts of things about the
Apostolic experience such as vexation or delusional, one cannot deny
the moving of the Spirit. Many have tried to explain it away but the
supernatural is hard to explain at times and just has to be felt to be
understood. The Holy Spirit so radically changes people from the deep
state of sin into new creations that it’s hard to argue with the spiritual
transformation.
        A soul that has sin cannot enter the kingdom of God. Our bodies
must be changed, transformed and renewed by the Spirit of God. God
created all humans with the choice—the capacity to make a definite
choice to serve or not to serve God. God wants believers to love Him
because of who He not because they are being forced to worship Him by
some external means.
        Being born again is supernatural. The only way to see the
Kingdom of God is to be born again of water and spirit. (See John 3:3-7.)
The command is to everyone that breathes—there are no exceptions or
excuses that will be accepted on the Day of Judgment. Man’s ways will
finally be God’s way on that great day. (See Hebrews 9:27; Acts 4:12;
Philippians 2:11; Matthew 16:18-19.)

John 3:1-8; Acts 2:38, New King James Version



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1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the
Jews.
2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that
You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You
do unless God is with him."
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless
one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can
he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of
water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but
cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is
born of the Spirit."

38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Discussion (20-30 minutes)
       1. Read John 3:1-8. What commands are given in the passage?
What was Nicodemus’s response to Jesus statements?
       2. When Jesus told Nicodemus to be born again, what did Jesus
mean?
       3. What do you suppose Nicodemus had seen or heard that
would make him seek Jesus by night and to find out for himself about
Jesus?
       4. What is the birth of water? What is the birth of Spirit? Use
these scriptures to explain your answers: John 3:3-7; Acts 2:38; I Peter
3:21; Acts 4:12;
       5. Is the new birth optional? Why or why not? Prove your answer
with scriptures.
       6. The crowd on the street in Jerusalem thought the group from
the Upper Room was drunk. Peter explained about the new wine.
Discuss how strange that would be for people who had no knowledge of
the supernatural in their lives.
       7. In our local churches, are we more concerned with what the
guests might be thinking than actually having a supernatural move of
God?
       8. How do you suppose the three thousand became converted on
the Day of Pentecost? How were they all convinced to become
regenerated?




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       9. How are we convincing our local cities to be converted? Are we
seeing the results we dream about? Why or why not?
       10. II Chronicles 6:39 says that God will hear us from heaven
when we repent and turn from our sin. How desperate are we to see
three thousand souls converted in one single day across America?
Overseas?

Reflection and Wrap-Up
       Are we desperate for an influx of people being born again of
water and Spirit? What are we doing to see that this happens in our
churches?
       “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting
different results.” Are we just continuing to do church as normal but
expecting God to do all of the work? If we do our part, God will show up
and He will show off!
       Have you taken your new birth experience for granted? How
could you make your experience new again this week?
       Take five minutes of this quiet, reflective time to examine your
heart while the music plays softly.
       Take five minutes for prayer needs.
       Close with prayer.
       Optional: Time of fellowship with light snacks.




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