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  • Writer's pictureLuke Humphries

Sunday Preparation 5/13/21

THIS SUNDAY: The Grace of God in the New Birth - John 3:1-8

As we have begun looking at the Sermon on the Mount and specifically the Beatitudes, we reminded ourselves that the context of Jesus' sermon is the Kingdom of Heaven, and that following the Beatitudes was not the way into the Jesus' kingdom, but we enter/inherit/see the Kingdom of Heaven only through being born again.

Lord willing, this week we will step back from Matthew and explore the new birth and prayerfully:

  • get a better understanding of why Jesus says, "unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God".

  • see how salvation is impossible without being born again.

  • see how glorious God's grace is in the new birth of sinners into his Kingdom.

Consider (Meditate) on the following:

  1. Ephesians 2:1-10

    1. Verses 1-3: the lifeless human nature

    2. Verses 4-7: the work of God to bring life to a lifeless (dead) sinner.

    3. Verses 8-10: The avenue God uses to bring life, a gift from God.

  2. Ezekiel 36: 25-27

    1. God explains how he will do what you see in Ephesians.

  3. Ezekiel 37:1-10

    1. God shows what it looks like.


Seek daily communion with God through scripture reading, prayer, and singing. Click on the resources below.

"I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see his face first, to get my soul near him before it is near another." - Robert Murray M'Cheyne


As we prepare to consider such a foundational reality to the Kingdom of Heaven, our salvation, and God's grace, let us be in constant prayer that the Lord will open the eyes of our hearts to know the depths of his love, grace, and power to his saints.

Let us be in prayer that that understand is transformed into our love and obedience to God, love and meekness towards all people, and a motivation to proclaim such love, grace, and power.

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