Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:1-3)
There is limited information about Nicodemus in the Bible, except for the Gospel of John. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a highly educated religious leader. It is believed he held a position within the Jewish decision-making institution—The Sanhedrin. He was a man who was considered very wealthy and living a very comfortable life. Many within the community came to him for healing prayers and consultation on deeply spiritual issues.
Nicodemus was highly respected among the religious leadership and often called upon to intercede on behalf of the religious leadership. He was a man of deep conviction, well versed in prophecy and law and very well respected by all. And along came Jesus—Nicodemus heard firsthand the reports of His miraculous deeds, and even an eyewitness to many of Jesus’ miracles himself. And the questions began to surface in the mind of this man who usually had all the explanations and answers to life’s greatest mysteries and challenges.
Nicodemus faced what so many of us face in our own lives, a struggle with who, what, and why we believe what we believe. Who could he confide in? Who could he trust? And who could provide a way forward? All these questions resulted in a secret midnight meeting with one he knew in his heart of hearts was special—Not just another run of the mil prophet, or teacher or faith healer, but the real thing!
Join Rev. Fred Mast as he brings an inspired message entitled “Do Something!”. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 a.m. featuring meaningful times of prayer, joyous music, and life messages that will help move you closer in your relationship with Christ.
Our worship is upbeat and lively, and spirit filled! Immediately following worship, you are encouraged and invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
The PUMPKINS ARE HERE!!!—Open Noon (10am Saturday) to 6PM thru October 31st Sedona UMC is partnering with Young Life of the Verde Valley in our ever popular “Annual Pumpkin Patch” at the church with all the proceeds going toward supporting YL youth campership. We offer a great variety of shapes, sizes and colors of pumpkins and there will be many other activities happening around this event. Come and get a great pumpkin while supply lasts and support this important mission.
Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 2PM Adult Studies at “The Gathering Place” in West Sedona; Wednesday’s Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC—Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org and “Like” us on Facebook.
We would love to pray for you! —Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—We look forward to seeing you!—Come and grow with us!