The Big Story

The Big Story Week 23: Be Born Again

Bible Truths

  • God has promised us eternal life through Jesus. (Week 10)
  • Everyone has sinned. (Week 13)

Bible Verse

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV


Jesus had been teaching and performing miracles in Galilee. He goes to Jerusalem for the Passover. (John 2) Many people begin to follow him one of them was a pharisee or Jewish religious teacher named Nicodemus. Let’s see what happens.

Day 1

Watch Jesus & Nicodemus.

Jesus and Nicodemus from Pursue God Kids

Day 2

Read John 3:1-21.

 1 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.

10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

John 3:1-21 NLT

Day 3

  1. Who was Nicodemus?
  2. What was a Pharisee?
  3. What is another name for heaven?

Day 4

Nicodemus asked Jesus an important question – how could he enter God’s Kingdom or be saved. Nicodemus was a teacher of God’s law. He thought he was a good person and did the right things. Jesus challenged Nicodemus. No matter how well Nicodemus knew the law or did good he still had a problem – sin. Jesus taught that the way to be please God is by having a relationship with him.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV

God knew that just like Nicodemus we had a problem. He provided a solution.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT

Salvation is a gift from God. We do not earn but have to accept God’s gift. Back to Nicodemus’s question. “How can I enter God’s kingdom?”

  • Admit that we need God’s help. .
  • Believe he is God and will save us.
  • Confess or say that is is our God and has saved us.

Day 5

After we have accepted God’s gift what is next? God created you to have a relationship with him. The next step is to grow in your faith. There are several ways to grow your faith.

  • Read God’s word.
  • Pray or talk to God.
  • Spend time in Bible study’s like this one.
  • Attend church.

Keep Growing in Grace — Dee