The Inside Column 03/03

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named  Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

- John 3:1-8

 

I don’t know what you think when you hear these words from Jesus “You must be born again”. Maybe you think of a street preacher, waving his hands and raising his voice and telling anyone that might listen “You must be born again”.

We have been looking and thinking about what it means to be a disciple. The first thing we looked at was encountering Jesus, and this is what Jesus means when he tells Nicodemus, “You must be born again” – there is something that happens in our Spirit that changes when we meet Jesus, ta birthing, the start of something new. It is this ‘something new’ in the Spirit that is part of being a disciple. It is not just a onetime thing but something that is, or can be new every morning.

I find the tension is, that I am far more likely to rely on the flesh, than lean into the Spirit. This is the challenge – to learn to lean into the Spirit. What does it look like in your life to walk by faith, not leaning on our own understanding but in all things trusting Jesus?

Again well done to the Banquet in the Vineyard team for what was another great night, raising money for a Bright Hope World project in Recada. Do have a look at the mission board in the foyer for details of the years of Banquets. This year they raised $3400

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

 

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