Tuesday, February 1, 2011

GD: Lesson 5 Class Notes

Nicodemus - a Pharisee, member of the Sanhedrin (essentially the Jewish senate)

Christ did not answer Nicodemus' question; He answered the question Nicodumus should have asked.

John 3:5 Baptism by immersion and the gift of the Holy Ghost are required to be 'saved' - not just professing Christ as your savior.

Alma 5:14-16 - Have you been spiritually been born of God?
Can you see your future image - which is the standard to which we compare our 'current' selves?

Being born again is a gradual process.  What can we do to continue that process throughout our lives?
* Partake of the sacrament
* Do we cross lines that spur us to change?
* Cling to the Iron Rod - the scriptures
* Let the Spirit testify to us

John 3:16 - God the Father suffered too.
John 3:20 - Why do some never repent? "Lest his deed should be reproved" - afraid of reproval
On the flip side, in verse 21, when we do what is right and we repent, our deeds are made manifest.

What do we need to do with the light we've received?
* Share it with others

Living Water - never thirst again.  We are taught to thirst and hunger after righteousness (Matt 5:6)  In essence, Jesus is setting up perpetual motion of righteousness.

The Atonement is the Living Water; we can repent our whole lives.
The doctrines of the Gospel are Living Waters

Isaiah 12:2-3 - "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 
"Therefore with ajoy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation"

John 4:31-36
* People are ready - to harvest
* Christ is the finisher - we can teach and lead, but Christ finishes the conversion

D&C 18 - one soul, great is our joy; how more great would be our joy if we bring many souls to Christ.

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