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Men's Bible Study at Tacara Steiner Ranch - #4 (24)

Men’s Bible Study Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:30 am

Tacara Steiner Ranch

A Study of the Gospel of John

In light of our conversation from last week, where we all agreed to move forward with a more evangelical design and purpose, I’m proposing that we choose and highlight select passages from the Gospel of John that will help achieve that goal. As such, we are moving forward from John 1:1-14 to John 3: 1-21.

Week 4 (24)

John 3: 1-21

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 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.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4 “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!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 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.”

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Go Deeper w/ Bible Memorization: John 3:16 KJV*

(* Note: I usually choose the NIV or NASB, but because of the historical influence of this — the most famous verse — I have chosen the King James Version. Feel free to use the version of your choice.)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Go Deeper watching “The Chosen” featuring our passage:




PS - On Thursday morning you’ll want to park at the Tacara Clubhouse which is the first building you’ll see after passing by HCBC. The fireplace area is next to the pool on the lower floor which you can access by walking down the stairs on the right, or down the hill on the left. If you’d like coffee/latte/cappuccino you can do that by walking in the left-side door on the first floor and go in the Pool table room where you’ll find the machine.

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