If you were to describe Heaven to someone, what words would you use? What pictures might you promote to your listener?
As you understand what the Bible teaches about Heaven, in what way will it be different from life here on Earth?
Read John 2:23-25. From this passage what do we learn about Jesus’ insight into man’s condition? How did His understanding of human brokenness inform the way He evangelized those He spoke with?
In what way do people look for signs and wonders today? How do we see an earnest search for supernaturalism as a way to be spiritual? Describe the difference between seeking after signs and placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ.
Read John 3:2. Why do you suppose Nicodemus came to talk to Jesus “at night?”
Note: From this point, Jesus and Nicodemus have a deep, theological discussion. And Nicodemus didn’t get the point of what Jesus was saying to him.
Read John 3:10. Describe someone you know who has heard the good news of the Gospel and didn’t get it. When have you read the Scriptures and missed the point? Why do you think this happens?
Applying the Message
As you think about Nicodemus and how he missed the point of what Jesus was saying, how does this bring up a section of your life where you might be missing the point (e.g., personal–devotional–time with Jesus, relationships with spouse, family members, friends, work associates, etc.)?
How have you “gotten the point” through this lesson? What point is it? How is God nudging you to change your thought life, your behavior, or your words? What would be your next step of faith as you follow the Holy Spirit’s leading?