A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE
1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.
Born Again Christmas, Part 2 2nd Sunday Advent, 2017
Lead Pastor: Brian Beckett
There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born
again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.
Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?
- You get new life, not a new religion: Luke 9:60
- You experience the supernatural: John 14:6
- You begin to change your perspective from an earthly, material based mindset, to an eternal, God-centered mindset.
- You begin to move from fragmentation to unity.
The three powers of your soul —-Concentration. Desire. Action.
Close your Spirit Café with prayer requests, praises, and encouragement to continue to move forward in our spiritual journey.
Current running Spirit Cafés:
— 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7p. Meet at Tammy Jenning’s in Monroe. For more info. on the Women’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Tammy Jennings.
— Every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Meet at Terri Greer’s in Waynesville. For more info. contact Terri Greer.
— From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.