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Late Night with Jesus: Can We Talk?

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night.” (John 3:1-2)

For the next week or so, we’ll spend a little time eavesdropping on a late night meeting between one of the most influential spiritual and political leaders in Israel and a controversial young rabbi named Jesus.

latenight_350Nicodemus was a teacher and a Pharisee and one of just 70 Very Important Guys on the Jewish ruling council known as the Sanhedrin. He was a big deal. But he didn’t let that stop him from being one of very few religious leaders to reach out to Jesus. He wanted to know what Jesus was all about.

Why come at night? Maybe he was scared of being seen with Jesus, a man despised by most of the other VIGs on the Sanhedrin. Or maybe all the crowds following Jesus made it impossible to get any serious time with him during the day. We don’t know. The point is that Nicodemus respected Jesus’ godly power enough to show up.

Think: How many of the Very Important People in our culture do you think would make the effort to have a conversation with Jesus late at night because they believed in his power? Why do you think so few VIGs seem to take Jesus seriously?

Pray: Ask God to help you understand Jesus’ mission on earth better as you listen to his conversation with Nicodemus over the next few days.

Do: Read ahead a little if you’d like to; check out the rest of John 3 to get ready for our study this week.

Posted March 31, 2015

Who’s in Charge: Pay Up

Posted March 30, 2015

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:6-7)

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Who’s in Charge: Pay Up

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“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:6-7)

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Who’s in Charge?: Yeah, But . . .

Posted March 29, 2015

“For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” (Romans 13:4)

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Who’s in Charge?: No Terror

Posted March 28, 2015

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.” (Romans 13:3)

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Who’s in Charge?: Rebelling Against God?

Posted March 27, 2015

“Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:2)

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Who’s in Charge?: No Authority without God

Posted March 26, 2015

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

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