“The Gift pf Renewal” Scripture (John 3:1-21) Sunday, April 15, 2018
Call to Worship
L: God is making all things new.
P: Through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit!
L: Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?
P: Although hidden from the eyes of the world, it manifests itself to the faithful.
U: Open our eyes, O Lord, that we might see your kingdom come!
Scripture (John 3:1-21)
Our reading comes from the good news according to John.
1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”
3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”
5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is the spirit.
7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’
8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen, yet you do not receive our testimony.
12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13No one has ascended into heaven except for the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18Those who believe in him are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Gift of Renewal” Scripture (John 3:1-21) Sunday, April 15, 2018
“The Gift of Renewal”
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