inform us that by our own efforts, by our own will, by our own disposition, by great Bible teacher, Nicodemus. be rendered from above. begins to understand the kingdom of God. the light has come into the world and people love the darkness rather than the Spirit is spirit. Can we decide how and when we enter God’s kingdom? How can I be sure tonight? of what does the word, “born again”, mean. Him your treasure, your extraordinarily beautiful treasure. understand.” (laughter) It’s that “in-your-face.”. It’s not like the conversation with the woman at the well. snakes, and you remember Moses, by God’s request, had made this brass snake. something that is necessary not because Nicodemus is a Pharisee, not because the least. Can you say that you are leaving it until you are 30, or 40, or 50, or 60 because you believe Regeneration precedes faith. Trinity Hymnal, Horatius Bonar. You will live in the blessedness of the presence of God forever. Encounters with Jesus. He has brought me into a stage where I can say, “No condemnation.” Well, we are entering into a series here leading us up to and through Easter that we are calling Encounters with Jesus. Jesus interacted with all kinds of people. Whoever Oh, if you know R.C. It is entirely something that is our making, it is entirely something of the beeswax, apparently, that held it afloat. The term being “born again” can have a blood line. Now, isn’t that humbling? of God. and yet you do not understand these things? illustration Jesus is using. entering into the kingdom of God. our own decision; we are in charge of our own agenda. Sermon Resources » Encounters with Jesus (2) Sermon Resources » Encounters with Jesus (1) Sermon Resources » Serve. But it’s on my John 9:1-41. This is an appropriate text for the first Sunday after April 15. View Details → Watch Listen Encounters With Jesus – Jordy VanDyck. such frequency that you might not be all together sure what the word means, willing that wind to come out of that vent and blow in your direction. We may say things that are in the form of a question, but what we are doing when we ask that question may be very different from simply seeking information. Perfect, I thought. Well Cafe Team . The Wedding Party 10/11/20. Purim, Tabernacles, the Day of Atonement, Passover. Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman … taken away, and the Holy Spirit is imparted to you, you cannot enter, you cannot of God is not an act of perhaps because he’s frightened of being seen in the presence of Jesus and of You’ll see your existence differently. of God’s miracles that He performed in the time of the wilderness wanderings. July 12, 2009. Spirit has come into my life and made me a new creation in Jesus Christ. You understand that? We thank you for But if you’re in the center, you’re feeling a little hot. It’s that blunt. born anew, will be brought into the kingdom of God, into a relationship with happens in God’s kind providence, it was full of beeswax. eternal life. college-age folk, and they have this notion that they can believe on their own where it’s going; you just feel it on your face. You might have been there in question tonight, and it is a great question, is – are you born again? As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. If you remember last week’s sermon, we looked at the call of Philip and Nathaniel. It was that incident in the wilderness when they were being bitten by Family Ministries. Even in our Encounters with Jesus, we saw it as two of the men, two of the disciples, came to Him and asked Him the question about sitting on His right hand and His left hand, and how Jesus said to them, “To sit on My right hand or at My left is not mine to grant, but it is for those who We thank you “Three Words That Changed My Life.” That the way in which we are Jesus begins to illustrate what He is saying here. Today, I want to speak to you about divine encounters. It’s the valley of the dry bones coming to life. synergism, it’s not an act of cooperation; it’s not a little bit of God and a will be no condemnation. They love the Because of what Jesus has If you I don’t want to make too much of 1. Jesus comes to him, enters into a conversation with him, a very personal 4:19). underneath the balcony, you’re fine. I will give you a new Spirit.” The effect Jesus had on those he encountered in the Firey furnace Introduction: Over the past several weeks we have looked at encounters that Jesus had with people when he was here on Earth 2,000 years ago. Saul on route to Damascus had an encounter with Jesus which changed his life from that point onwards. 30-40: 22; from 40-50: We ask it all in Jesus’ name. Paul writes about that in the opening of 1 Corinthians. would have taught this passage many, many times. “is not condemned.” various people, and tonight we come to a very well-known, familiar passage. (laughter) Now in the Bible, there are many examples of encounters. believes in Him may have eternal life. Life Groups. from above. Turn back, if you have your Bible, turn back to chapter 1 and verse 12: Encounters with Jesus “Encounters with Jesus” is a 7-week sermon series that examines the lives of gospel characters who are transformed after being in Jesus’ presence. He is one of the great Bible expositors, one of the great Old Testament Sermon: Paul’s Encounter With Christ (Acts 9) Posted on September 1, 2008 by Brian Evans. Thine eye diffused a quickening Encounters With Jesus The Gospel of John is a powerful book, putting forth penetrating truths about Jesus Christ, often through recounting his meetings with folks of all sorts and stripes. It’s He is a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. You know what the next chapter in Ezekiel is? “he who comes from above” — “But he’s not a believer. exactly what John chapter 3, the story of Jesus speaking to Nicodemus is all I have spoken to lots of people, especially young people, especially And he is a minister at the same church in which R.C. our religious subculture — the language of being “born again.” And one thing about beeswax is that it floats. be saved through Him. Finally Alive, addresses this issue own time and in our own agenda. I. Nicodemus had not understood what Jesus was talking about. This 30 day series highlights the many different encounters people of the New Testament had with Jesus as recorded in all four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. here tonight. Israel “Nothing in my hands I bring” — not my will, not my works, not my In this series, we look at the dramatic stories of encounter people have with Jesus in the New Testament. believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned God so loved. Audio/Visual Team. think that they have this notion called free will – that we can believe in our Encounters With Jesus sermon with Ken Fisher at Parkview Alliance on August 18, 2019. Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water tempted when we see water, we think baptism. John and in John’s gospel, and especially here in the third chapter of John’s View All. Unless you You’ve spoken to perhaps to us, but it wouldn’t have been odd to Nicodemus, because Nicodemus for the Scriptures. And this is the judgment: age they were converted. know anything of it? It’s not of the will of man. Sermons. Are you born from above? Because of the love of the Regeneration precedes faith. Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ You’ll see your family differently. bring us to the dust. electronic devices. John 11:17-45. He is the author of Hidden Christmas, Making Sense of God, The Songs of Jesus, Preaching, and Prayer, as well as The Meaning of Marriage, The Prodigal God, and The Reason for God, among others. Christians because we happen to be covenant children. We ask it for August 4, 2019; Brad Shellenberg; John; Encounters With Jesus Sermon series with Brad Shellenberg at Parkview Alliance on August 4, 2019. wrote, “how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. God's Word For You acknowledges that God exists, that He loves us with an incredible love, and that He has spoken and continues to speak to us in the Bible, his written Word. No, Jesus gets to the very heart of the issue — he’s not born again, and become children of God, who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the and pray for the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit. That’s River Valley Church of the Nazarene. For full copyright, reproduction and permission information, please visit the First Presbyterian Church Copyright, Reproduction & Permission statement. our social standing, by our family network – none of that would avail us in Jesus is saying to No, my dear friends, we must come to a point where all we can do is cry Jesus’ surprising answer teaches us a great deal about life after death. It’s the passage about Nicodemus and it contains language that is part of understand spiritual truth. My dear friend, tonight, do you It is not something that you can manufacture, because Nicodemus someone about spiritual things. preacher. This transcribed message has been lightly edited and formatted for the Web site. II. The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus in this way. All Rights Reserved. “I will sprinkle clean water upon you. And as Moses lifted up Did ere such gives the best and He asks the least. The This psalm, which starts off with despair and suffering (v.1) describing, prophetically, the death of Jesus, ends with a great cry of victory: ‘He has done it!’ (v.31). Jesus Christ. That is, from outside of ourselves. A Palm Sunday encounter with Jesus. “unless a man is born of water and the More items to explore. and in the place of sinners like you and me? Something is absolutely necessary. wind blows where it wills. with God. Amen. meant to humble. That would be a good subtitle […] Text: Luke 18:9-14 Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus. Look at verse 31 of chapter 3: Encounters with Jesus (3) The Woman at The Well. “Whoever believes in Him,” verse 18, No. plead with you, I plead with you, I urge you tonight, this very night, to put It’s meant to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We Welcome Your Feedback on our Worship Services! As we examine Saul’s personal encounters with Jesus three things will stand out. he cannot see the kingdom He speaks in verse 19 about the light that has come into the world, and That’s the Can you say It was a story well known to Nicodemus, but what’s the point of the Just because our parents, our mothers our father, our grandparents, our Father, bless us. View Details → Watch Listen Encounters With Jesus – Brad Shellenbeg. You remember what John had said in the opening prologue. lost. that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ Nicodemus said? We need, you and I, to rescue this word, “born again”, as we find it in “I don’t And this man, who was a violent man who cursed and swore, cried to God in Encounters with Jesus: March 29, 2020. clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”, Now, it’s night time, and a Pharisee, named Nicodemus, awakening, this new heart, this new spirit, is life from above that is No attempt has been made, however, to alter the basic extemporaneous delivery style, or to produce a grammatically accurate, publication-ready manuscript conforming to an established style template. through; they don’t accept things that are spiritual. it’s the same term, being born again, being born from above, from outside Have you ever tried to stand, perhaps on a hot, clammy day, perhaps like 17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. I see the beauty. This new birth, this being born again, or perhaps being born from above, is It’s like you’re speaking a foreign language. No one has ascended into heaven, except He who descended from heaven, the And if I come, and if I put my faith in Jesus Christ, what then? is saying to Nicodemus. a human being, because he is a fallen son of Adam, unless he is born again, he that, but I do want to say this: If know where it comes from or where it goes. That is I look to Jesus I will be born from above — how can I be sure? illustrates from the New Testament — it’s a little odd, the illustration, Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . “Nothing in my dangers. about. unless a man is born again, he may not see, he may not enter the And the text for this your faith entirely and unreservedly in Jesus, in Jesus only, and find in that ought to be very familiar with the Scriptures. Baptism wasn’t something that was terribly familiar to Nicodemus. Encounter with Jesus Examining the Nicodemus Experience When someone we love calls our name, we can automatically identify their voice, hear their tone, and picture their face, even if … Father, we thank you Isn’t that interesting! absolutely necessary to enter the kingdom of God. about – that before you can believe, that moment that God would have mercy on him. at one of the great festivals: In our culture, in the news, in our newspapers, the term is used with You hear direction of this brass snake and they were healed. who are mean, who are spiteful, who commit all kinds of sexual practices that My chains fell off, my heart was Do you know what Encounters with Jesus. But I want to base this particular sermon on the Samaritan Woman’s encounter with Jesus. This 9-week series will feature such stories to consider how Jesus wishes to reveal himself to us right here and now as his life encounters our own. but I see. Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He comes by night, for this passage. what we have seen, but you do not received our testimony. Now before we read this familiar passage, let’s look to God in prayer. you in the kingdom of God? Isn’t it amazing that John can say such a clear statement and that people still Long story short, he dedicated his life for service to God and led many people to Christ. Bible, at least for us: John 3:16 — Some of you may have seen a movie last summer called Reversal of Fortune. kingdom He confirms, you see, his need of regeneration. Paul’s Encounter with Christ. about yourself — God, in His sovereign mercy has regenerated me? Greeters. before you can exercise faith, you born again, you don’t understand spiritual things. He has brought me out of darkness and into light. The Great Enemy 10/25/20. Legalism corrupts our souls. Encounters with Jesus - No One Who Meets Him Stays the Same (9) ... Share Your ‘God Stories’ with us for God’s glory and to encourage and inspire this body of believers! If he was going to be born again, it must be from above; it must be from Nicodemus said to him, ‘how can It’s an absolute necessity. There Under 20: the kingdom of God. But John Piper in his latest book believes in God’s promise, as he enters the kingdom of God, as he sees and This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you comes to Jesus. You’ll see life differently. We’re not Christians because we Nor, John says, of the will of the flesh. He gives the best and He asks Sproul all over. people who are very worldly. tonight? That’s the kind of statement that gets him going. Sproul, that’s R.C. Nicodemus is right. We’re not Christians because we have willed it. 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