You Must Be Born Again

February 5, 2023   /   Pastor Kyle Bonenberger   /   City Church

REGENERATION/BEING “BORN AGAIN” = The supernatural opening of the and by the power of the Holy Spirit a person to and God.

| John 3:1-15 | Numbers 21:4-9 | Ezekiel 36:26-27 | Jeremiah 1:5 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 |

Four things to know about being “born again.”


  • Without regeneration, I am not or in need of – I am .

| Ephesians 2:1-10 | Luke 16:19-31 |

  • Regeneration happens at a in time but the to get there often looks more like a time.

| John 7:51-52, 19:39-40 |

  • I don’t have to regeneration to it – I have to and it.

| John 3:7-13 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | 1 John 2:29, 3:9-10 |

  • REMEMBER: “ life” wasn’t – it was “.”

| Colossians 3:1-3 |



Small Group Questions


Getting to know each other.

  1. Some of your groups met last week for the first time. If you already met, move to question 2. If it’s your first week…
    1. Have everyone go around the group and share their name, something about themselves, and how they first started coming to City Church.
    2. Go around the group and have everyone share one thing they’re hoping to see God accomplish in this upcoming session of Small Groups.
    3. Read the “Small Group Top 10 List.” You can access it by going on the Church Center App, selecting “groups,” followed by “resources.”
  2. Ice Breaker Questions:
    1. If you could travel back in time to a former historical period, which would you choose?
    2. What has been your favorite decade of your life?

What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. On Sunday, we read Nicodemus’ story and looked at what it means to be “born again.” One of the stories referenced in the message comes from Luke 16:19-31. Read it together, have a few members of the group recap the story, and then answer the following questions.
    1. What does this story tell us about God? People? Being born again? You?
    2. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?
  2. Let’s take some time to read what the entire Bible says about the topic of spiritual regeneration/being born again. Read and discuss each of the following verses one at a time, sharing an insight on regeneration.
    1. John 6:44.
    2. Acts 16:14.
    3. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
    4. 1 John 5:1-5.
    5. Matthew 7:15-23.


Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else mentioned in the discussion that struck a chord with you.
  2. Pray for one another (preferably men with men and women with women if possible).
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