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Sermon Audio: When Jesus Said “You Must!”


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Sunday, October 16, 2022

When Jesus Said “You Must!”

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

As humans, we like options. But while options work for some aspects of life, when it comes to how a person receives salvation, there are no options. Jesus didn’t give us add-ons or a process… it’s clearly spelled out in John 3 …“When Jesus Said ‘You Must!’”

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

John 3:1–17

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Read John 3:1–17. How did this passage and message speak to you? What does this passage bring to your mind?
  2. What is the difference between regeneration, reformation, and reincarnation? How would you explain to an unsaved person what it means to be born again?
  3. How is being born again different than solely making a mental ascent to a body of doctrine?
  4. Pastor discussed how another word in the Bible for “born again” is regeneration. To be regenerated is to have new and more vigorous life; to be revived. If you’ve accepted Christ as your personal Savior, what has it looked like for you to be regenerated? How has your life, attitude, and heart changed since you were born again?
  5. Do you ever find yourself too intimidated to share the good news of Jesus with someone like Nicodemus, who is wealthy and a prominent figure within the community? Maybe someone at work who is high up in the chain of command? Why do you think we can be intimidated by people’s earthly status when our standing in front of God is all the same? How can we change this perception?
  6. When someone believes that there are multiple ways to heaven, how would you explain to them that there is only one way? What scripture would you use to back up your claims?
  7. The Bible tells us to examine our lives. When you examine your life, have you been born again? If not, what’s keeping you from doing so?
  8. Being born again creates a change in our earthly lives. What if someone struggles to see the change in their own life? Maybe they were already a morally strong person before they accepted Christ. How would you describe the principle of being born again to this type of person?


  • Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
  • Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
  • How can you be praying for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?


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