Stuart Townend - There Is A Hope
John 3:1-21 (NKJV):
1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
Lord, we have many clergy like Nicodemus who are attracted to you.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Holy Spirit, bring our clergy and laity to new birth in Jesus.
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Father, so many search for "natural" explanations for what is supernatural.
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Lord, help the leaders of the Episcopal Church understand that flesh cannot provide the answer.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Holy Spirit, come blow on us and set us ablaze with love for Jesus.
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
Jesus, you expect our teachers to know these things, but many do not.
11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Jesus, help our clergy understand and hearken to what you are saying.
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Holy Spirit, help the leaders of the Episcopal Church believe in Jesus.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Father, help us all understand you purposes in sending your Son to die on the cross for us.
18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Jesus, let the preaching in your church set your people free from condemnation.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
Jesus, let your light shine on those walking in darkness.
"Oh Happy Day" Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w/ FBCG Combined Choir
A Word Received: I want you to pray for new birth in my church. I want my people to awaken out of their slumber and come to life with passion for the gospel.