This is a sneak peek at a FREE mentoring journal for young adults that I helped write and put together. It is a scriptural and conversational journey through the book of John. It will be available for download through www.covchurch.org in June and comes with a Leader Manual to set up a mentoring program for a group of young adults.
Field Encounter #4
MY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.”
“How can anyone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
“…Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Everyone has questions, from spiritual giants, to people who have rarely thought about spiritual things. And you’ve probably already noticed that God does not automatically give us an answer to every challenge, confusion or question. But just as Nicodemus found Jesus willing to entertain his questions late into the night, Jesus is willing and able to meet us in our seasons of questioning.
· Why do you think Nicodemus sought Jesus out in the middle of the night?
· What does his willingness to become the student instead of the teacher tell us about him?
· What are some of your unanswered questions?
· What are the questions about life that come up often?
· What are the questions about God that you wrestle with?
· How do you respond when you encounter a big life question that does not have an easy answer?
· What circumstances or learning environments in your life complicate your questions even more?
· Where do you think the balance between knowledge and faith is for you?
· How does John 8:32 on the previous page speak to your search for answers?
Invite some friends to go see or rent a movie that delves into big life and faith questions. Then, go have coffee or ice cream and dialogue about it. Be sure to note how different people approach tough questions and how their responses vary from yours.