1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He 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.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus 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?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 16For 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. 17Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
John 3.1-7, 16-17
- What does this Scripture say about God?
- What does this Scripture say about life?
- What am I hearing in this Scripture?
- What am I going to do with this Scripture?
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Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week! A great place to do this is at the dinner table. There’s one prompt for each day of the week!
Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.
Wednesday: How can I show God’s love to the world?
Thursday: I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when…
Friday: What does it mean to have eternal life?
Saturday: When I think about Jesus giving his life for me, I feel __________ because…
Sunday: What does it mean to be saved?
Monday: What have I heard from God over the past week?
This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture. As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time. As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time. As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.
Meditation: Look at the image above. There is nothing sweeter than holding a newborn baby. While there are a lot of theological and practical implications to being born from above (or the similar phrase we use often in the church, born again), what if God is also trying to communicate to us the parental closeness that God feels for us? Perhaps being born from above means that we allow ourselves to be held, nourished, and cherished by God. Maybe God wants us to realize our complete dependence on him, just as an infant is completely dependent on its mother. Spend some time in silence, resting in God’s love like a newborn baby. Let God wrap you in the presence of the Holy Spirit like a new, warm blanket. If we spend more time in such closeness with God, then we might just experience newness in our attitudes and actions as well.
Breath Prayer: LORD God, give us new life in you.