ENCOUNTERS 1 (Clearview Followup) by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson
2 important points to remember:
- First, Jesus knew all men (plural). Do you believe He knows everything about you? Do you believe He understands what you are going through right now?
- Second, Jesus knew what was in man (singular). Do you believe that Jesus knows the sin that’s in your heart? Do you believe that sin is our real problem?
2 questions to consider:
- Do you know any Nicodemus? Remember, they are moral but empty. They are powerful but weak. They have what they want but not what they need. They are willing to check it out but leery and suspicious of charlatans and fakes. They are searching but guarded. They are not bad people just lost people. How are you engaging him or her? Are you praying for him or her?
- What did you learn from Jesus’ way of engaging Nicodemus? You cannot insult people into the kingdom of God. You cannot assume that lost people understand all that we talk about, especially our spiritual lingo. You have to adapt to the level of your Nicodemus. You cannot assume that just because a person says he/she believes in Jesus that they are saved. You have to remind people that salvation may be mysterious but it’s real.
Major Point: A Salvation without a cross is no salvation at all.
Have you ever memorized John 3:16? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
You can never underestimate the power of God’s love.
Have you received the love of God shown in Christ on the cross?