Lent 2 Nicodemus John 3.1-17 16.3.14

15 03 2014

Sunday’s gospel is the story of Nicodemus.  The Reverend Jan Ashton has sent me these thoughts, which I am delighted to share.

I would warmly welcome other guest contributions by email to stephen.cherry@durham.anglican.org . Also, offers to write sermon starters for a period of, say, a month or six weeks woud be great.

Need to know

  1. Why Nicodemus chose the night?
  2. What else Nicodemus does for Jesus after this encounter?
  3. How many times does Jesus say the same thing but in different ways? Why might he do this?

Need to Challenge

  1. Even Nicodemus, a leader, a teacher, a questioner needed to be taken out of his comfort zone. True faith expects this.
  2. Even Nicodemus, a leader, a teacher, a questioner didn’t understand and ended up appearing a fool. Living the Christian life can make us appear this way. Accept it.
  3. Even Nicodemus, a leader, a teacher, a questioner, a lover of God needed to be born of the spirit. True faith needs to be constantly reborn of the spirit. What are you doing this Lent?

Need to Comfort

  1. You need confidence in God not yourself to have eternal life.
  2. You need to know Jesus’ job isn’t to condemn anyone or anything.
  3. God loves the world and that includes you.
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