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Many years later I would be in seminary where Wes Black, my youth education professor opened my eyes to understanding "Born Again." Professor Black pointed out that in the scripture of John 3:1-21 Jesus was talking to specifically Nicodemus.
Nicodemus was Pharisee who was a member of the Jewish ruling council due to being born into his family. His status in life was due to his parent's. Jesus was pointing out that his true value must be placed solely in God and not into things of this world. He needed to be "born again" or as in the Greek it meant be "born from above."
This was the starting point for the lecture that day many years ago in Professor Black's class. Black would go on to talk about how Jesus would talk to the woman at the well, to those he would heal and others to help us see that each time the message was different. He didn't tell all of them they needed to be "Born Again", he only said this to Nicodemus.
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Then room by room Black asked us how would we talk to them about God. In the gym people talked about God being like the coach or the quarterback. When we got the the library, where many of the geeks hang out, someone said that God is like ROM. ROM is strictly, read-only memory refers to memory that is hard-wired in a computer and the computer relies on to work.
It was becoming quite clear that the lesson was that before you can communicate who God was to a person or group you had to know them. You had to know their nomenclature.
Moses had predicted that Jesus would be the greatest of all the prophets. He was predicting that he would be the greatest of all communicators.
Dr. Wes Black opened my eyes that day in class as to one of the biggest reasons Jesus was such a great communicator–Jesus started with the audience.
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Too many Christians went around telling people they needed to be "Born Again." There largest mistake is the audience had little in common with Nicodemus.
Do you know your audience?