These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

John 3: The New Birth

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of John.

I talked today to a junior in college who is only one month old. No, she isn't a child genius. Recently a friend explained to her the claims of Christ. As she responded in simple faith, she experienced the joys of spiritual birth.

The most beautiful explanation of the new birth is found here in John 3. It’s a passage that children can understand, and one that the greatest saints of God have never fully grasped. It’s a message not so much to be analyzed and dissected as it is to be received with joy.

Warming Up to God

Do you remember your spiritual birthday? Reflect on what that time meant for you.

Read John 3

Discovering the Word

  • What is your impression of Nicodemus (vv. 1-21)?
  • Why do you suppose Nicodemus responds to Jesus' explanation of new birth with such amazement (v. 9)?
  • How does the story of Moses lifting up the snake in the desert (vv. 14-15; see Num 21:4-9) illustrate our need and Christ's offer?
  • How and why does our response to God's Son determine our destiny (vv. 18-21)?
  • How would you summarize John's view of the character and ministry of Jesus (vv. 22-36)?

Applying the Word

  • John made it clear that Jesus was superior to him. What is one way you can demonstrate Christ's superiority in your life?
  • Who do you know that needs to know the truth about God?
  • How can you help that person see God?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to make you ready to testify of the role of Jesus in your life.

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