by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: With a Nervous Enquirer
Series: Face to Face
Stuart Briscoe
John 3:1-21

Human experience is characterized by "seeking." Everybody is looking for something-knowledge, happiness, purpose. The world's religions emphasize this point: people seeking. Christianity is unique, for it teaches that God is doing the seeking and is drawing people to Himself. But some people are very nervous about it.

I. A Nervous Approach.

A. A nighttime visit. vv. 1-2
1. A matter of pride-"a man of the Pharisees."

2. A matter of prestige-a member of the council.

3. A matter of protocol- "Israel's teacher." v. 10

B. A half hearted intervention. 7:45 52
1. Are there any believers among the rulers or the Pharisees?

2. Was Nicodemus a believer but scared to admit it?

C. A missed opportunity-silent at Jesus' trial.

II. A Nerve Wracking Dialogue.

A. A gracious acknowledgment. v. 2


Part 4: With a Disappointed Woman
Series: Face to Face
Stuart Briscoe
John 4:1-42

In most people's eyes Nicodemus was eminently successful. But he still needed what Jesus had to offer. Jesus' next recorded meeting was with a woman whose life was full of disappointment and pain. To her he offered deeply satisfying life-life eternal. The offer still stands.

I. A Woman with a Past.

A. A product of her culture.
1. A first-century, Middle East woman.

2. An ethnic minority.
a. Samaritan history. 2 Kings 17:24f

b. Jewish antipathy. v. 9

B. A product of her circumstances.
1. Five-times married. v. 18
a. Victimized by divorce? Deuteronomy 24:1f; Malachi 2:13f

b. Devastated by death?

2. Desperate for love.
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