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ABIDE – What We Know So Far – John 3:16-21 (Russ Muse)

If we have been through the book of John before, it is tempting to “leapfrog” to truths we already know. But try to stop yourself from doing that as you look at this next section because something gets lost when we leapfrog ahead.

Jesus has told Nicodemus that he “must be born again.” Then we see

WHO God loves – the word
WHO God gives – His only Son
To WHOM? – Those who believe
WHAT happens? They receive everlasting life

What do we know so far?

There are two types of people – those who receive, and those who don’t.
Those who receive Him have the right to become the children of God.
We must be born again.
God is the One who does the drawing and the saving.
Signs play a role in people coming to the light – they point to Jesus, but they do not guarantee belief. They are often incremental nudges toward believe in Him.

Additional Scriptures
Ezekiel 36:26
John 6:66
John 1-3 (full chapters)

Reflect:

How difficult do you find it to study only the current passage and not apply what you already know?


The song “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a well-known hymn in Christianity. Based on what we are learning, how accurate is the theology in the song?

What are your thoughts about there being only two types of people in the world?

Why would God send His only Son when He could have chosen other means (if He wanted to) to handle the evil in the world and humankind’s hearts?

Spend some time in the first three chapters of John as well as the additional Scriptures from the message. What does God say to you through them?

ABIDE – What We Know So Far – John 3:16-21 (Russ Muse)

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