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Location | 208 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027
Time | Wednesdays at 7pm
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This weeks lesson - "Seeker in the Night" with Mitch Stevens from Dickson, TN
There was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him (John 3:1-2). (NOTE: this lesson does not cover John 3:16).
Nicodemus, like other seekers, had a deep feeling that there must be something more to life, a great truth that he did not understand. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a well-recognized religious leader of the Jewish people. He was also a member of the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of ancient Israel. A lot has been written and many suppositions have been made about why Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. One of the reasons could be that he feared the other members of the Sanhedrin and had a fear that he could be pressured into leaving the Sanhedrin. Although we do not know why Nicodemus came by night, we do know it took a great deal of courage to come. Being a seeker of Jesus takes courage. The pressure, the sneers, the ridicule can come from one’s friends or even their own family. Nicodemus would not rest until he found the truth.
Nicodemus enters into a dialogue with Jesus. As a Pharisee Nicodemus believed his perfect standing with God would be determined primarily by his observance of the religious rules and regulations. In this dialogue Jesus introduces Nicodemus to some new words and expressions that were hard for him to grasp. Seekers today are faced with the same challenges. Some of these words and expressions can be called “church words”—words that we may understand but which remain foreign to the new seeker. Expressions like “born again”, “God’s kingdom”, “salvation”, and “water and spirit” are just as hard for new seekers to grasp as they were for Nicodemus.
Nicodemus’ journey into the night was not a one-time event, but it was the start of his spiritual journey that would last a lifetime. At Jesus’ death we see Nicodemus anointing Jesus' body and helping to wrap the body for burial.
SCRIPTURES TO CONSIDER: JOHN 3:1-15Next weeks lesson (6/28) - "God Loves You" w/ Reuben Prevost from Houston, TX