New Testament
Lesson 5
Born Again


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that to receive everlasting life, we must be "born again" and continue to follow Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  John 34
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Lesson 5 Handout (PDF format)


Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

Jesus' Early Ministry.

READ JOHN 3:1-12. Nicodemus comes to Jesus.

READ JOHN 3:13-17. Jesus testifies of his mission.

READ JOHN 3:19-21. He that lives by truth comes to the light.


Jesus Teaches A Samaritan Woman

"After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized them." (John 3:22)

"He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour." (John 4:3-6)

Review John 4:6-26.

"The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him....
    "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world." (John 4:28-30, 39-42)

READ JOHN 4:31-36. Those that do the work of the Lord will receive wages.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

As members of the Church, we should have done as the Lord taught Nicodemus and been born again. To be born again is not so much an event as it is a process. We should continually seek to renew ourselves, to be reborn time and time again as we worship and partake of the sacrament on a weekly basis, as we strive to keep the commandments, and as we frequently go to the well of living water. As we do so, we will be blessed with peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come.

Record your thoughts on Jesus' encounters with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman. What principles from these stories can you apply in your life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

A Bible! A Bible! by Robert J. Matthews.

BYU Devotional Speeches of the Year.

Conference Reports (CR).

Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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