Born Again

John 3 is one of the key chapters in John. Read: John 3:1-21

  1. What is your impression of Nicodemus? Why do you think he comes to see Jesus at night? Why does he come to see Jesus at all?

  2. Why does Jesus bring up the subject of the new birth in reply to Nicodemus’ statement?

  3. Compare Jesus’ words in vs 3 with what you read in John 1:1-18. The Greek for “born again” is “gennao anothen”, which can also be translated “born above” In your own words, what does this mean?

  4. In vs 5, Jesus re-asserts the truth of what He has just spoken in vs 3, but adds “born of water.” What does “born of water” mean? (Note that the “you” in Greek is plural, meaning everyone, not just Nicodemus.)

  5. Jesus elaborates in vs 6 to explain. What is He saying?

  6. Why do you think Nicodemus responds to Jesus’ explanation with such amazement?

  7. How does the story of Moses lifting up the snake in the desert (see Numbers 21:4-9) illustrate our need and Christ’s offer?

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