Continuing our series on Love, Pastor Chris provides the context for the most popular and well known verse in the Bible, John 3:16. On the heels of being in the Holy Land for several weeks, Chris shows us how Jesus very intentionally always loved the outsider and taught us to do the same.
1 Peter 1:22-25
Reflection & Practice
Pastor Chris invites us into the relationship of Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus came to Jesus in secret and was considered an insider of insiders because he was born into a religious family. But what Jesus unpacks is that we must experience a new birth, a new life, in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
This conversation had a clear and powerful impact on Nicodemus. When he later saw Jesus lifted up on the cross, it moved Nicodemus out of the shadows to the place where he followed Jesus in public - the radical kind of conversion that we pray for every person we encounter. Consider some steps you can take this week to be more bold in your faith.
Jesus also points out how the wind blows mysteriously and powerfully; we don’t know where it comes from or where it goes. The same is true when we are born of the Spirit. Our lives now belong to God, and we live in a way that our answer is yes before God even asks us. Who is the Spirit prompting you to love this week? Take some time to listen, and then ask God to help you faithfully follow that prompting.
I Need Thee Every Hour
It Is Well
Holy, Holy, Holy