In this examination of Nicodemus’ nighttime visit with Jesus (John 3:1-9), we discuss the main steps to True Spiritual Awakening, from a Christian perspective. Feel free to fill in the outline below as you listen, and encounter terms like “spiritual rape” and “self-authenticating witness,” and find out how looking for yogurt in the fridge is like pursuing true spirituality.
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True Spiritual Awakening (John 3:1-9)
1. We are unexplainably to God
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)
2. We the scriptures
But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. (1 Corinthians 2:14-15)
3. We Christ
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)
4. We in Him
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
5. We for results
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. (James 2:14-20)
6. We God
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16, NLT)