2023-02-23 11:20:44 · 36

165 Thrive Deeper: John 3

Episode Notes

Overall, John Chapter 3 teaches about the need for spiritual rebirth through belief in Jesus, the love and salvation that God offers through his Son, and the importance of testifying to Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus tells Nicodemus that to see the kingdom of God, one must be "born again". This represents a spiritual transformation that occurs when someone accepts Jesus as their savior. This transformation involves a new perspective on life, a changed heart, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God's love and salvation - John 3:16 - is perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible, highlighting the depth of God's love for humanity and the salvation that is available through faith in Jesus. Salvation is a gift from God that is available to all who believe in Jesus. The contrast between light and darkness Jesus uses the metaphor of light and darkness to describe the contrast between those who follow him and those who reject him. He says that those who come into the light do so to have their deeds seen as done in God, while those who do evil prefer to stay in the darkness. The role of testimony and witness John the Baptist serves as an example of someone who testifies to the truth of Jesus as the Messiah. John recognizes that his role is to prepare the way for Jesus and to point people to him. In doing so, he provides a powerful witness to Jesus' identity and mission. This involves not only sharing the message with words, but also living a life that reflects the love, joy, and peace that comes from knowing Jesus

Meet The Presenters

Dr Matt Jacoby

Matt is the teaching pastor at his church in Victoria, Australia, lecturer at the Melbourne School of Theology, an author, a songwriter and, a musician leading the Psalms project band Sons of Korah.

Matt has a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the University of Melbourne, and is the author of the daily Bible reading guide Thrive launched in 2005. Matt's most recent work as an author is his book Deeper Places (Baker Books USA 2013) with an expanded edition released in 2019. In Deeper Places, Matt shares a rich portrait of authentic spirituality. A gifted teacher and Bible scholar, Matthew is invited to speak at conferences and churches where he brings a fresh but foundational perspective to Scripture.

“I do a lot of teaching these days in my various roles but I always see myself more as a learner. I love learning. I enjoy academic learning and because of that I am a perpetual student of many disciplines. But most of all I love learning to live life the way God made me to live it.” MJ

DJ Paine

DJ is a podcaster, photographer and has had a number of years experience as a Christian Radio Breakfast announcer. He would consider himself a professional Christian music geek & amateur Bible nerd. DJ was raised on the Gold Coast and studied at Word Of Life Bible College in Sydney.

Devoted husband of Benita Paine and proud of their three boys: the #BrothersPaine

“If you have ever wondered if God has a place for you in His plan... or if you have ever felt you are just a round peg trying to fit into a square hole... well I want to encourage you: if God can use a goof like me then we are all in good hands! I love the scriptures and if I can leave any legacy behind it is simply to say: read the Bible, the Bible is God’s light by which we can really see the universe.” DJ

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