Come Follow Me - New Testament
“Ye Must Be Born Again”
February 11–17

Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  John 2–4
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Our Lives Are Changed As We Follow Jesus Christ

We read in John 2 about Jesus going up to the marriage feast at Cana accompanied by his disciples.


After the wedding feast, Jesus went to Capernaum (along the north coast of Galilee).

We Can Defend Sacred Places and Things

After a brief stay in Capernaum, Jesus, his disciples, and his family went down to Jerusalem for Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread.

While in Jerusalem, Jesus cleansed the temple (see John 2:14-17).

We have a responsibility to keep our own lives pure.

We Must Be Born Again to Enter the Kingdom of God

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 Christ Offers Us Living Water and the “Meat” of Doing God’s Work

"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

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

General Conference

Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell

Spencer W. Kimball by Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball

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

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