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Subject: New Birth

Statement of Faith: We believe in salvation through faith in Christ, who, according to the Scriptures, died for our sins, was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, and that through His blood we have redemption (Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; Rom. 10:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).  This experience is also known as the new birth, and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit upon initial faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  (John 3:5-6; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:23; 1 John 5:1).

Recommended Reading (pdf click here)  

T.L.Osborn dvd: The Christ Connection – Miracle:  To listen to MP3 click here

Episode 5 Credibility: What males the Christian witness believable?

Questions (Download as pdf)

1. What does being “born again” mean to you?  2. What can you remember most about your conversion experience?

3. What difference did it make to you?

4. What is the first great result of our being born again? (Jn.1:12-13)

5. What were we before we knew God through Jesus Christ? (Eph.2:1-10)

6. What are we now that we do know Him? (Eph.2:1-10) What were we slaves to? (Jn.8:31-36; Rom.6:1-23; 7:1-6) What are we slaves to now? (Rom.6:1-23; 7:1-6)

7. What remedy has God provided if we do sin? (1Jn.1:8-10; 2:1-2)

8. List some scriptural phrases that describe/explain the “new-birth” experience.  (These references may help you make a start: Jn.3:3/5; 1Pet.1:23; Jas.1:18; 2Cor.5:17; 2Pet.1:9; Heb.8:10; Acts 15:19; 16:30; Rev.1:5.)

9. Which person(s) of the Godhead bring(s) about the new birth?  (Jn.3:5; 3:16; 16:8; 1Jn.5:10-12)

10. Mike Petzer in “Forgiveness” says that “salvation depends on the believer confessing Jesus as Lord, Romans 10:9,10 and Matthew 10:32,33 and not on him confessing all his sin”. Do you agree with him?

11. M.P. also says: “God is not calling man into account for sins, but to account for his gift of life in Jesus Christ”. When did God forgive our sins? (Col.2:13-15)

12. Explain why the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant/Testament are now obsolete (Heb.8:13; 9:10)

13. Canty (Why make Christianity so hard) says: There was the example of Paul the apostle... But he immediately swept his conscience clean: "Thanks be to God- through Jesus Christ our Lord. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 7:24/25. He never expressed any depression over weaknesses, no bewailing his poor spirituality, no remorse, no mortification, no self-deprecation. He showed every sign of assurance that God really went along with him. How can we keep a good conscience with no remorse?

1.What proof do you have in your life that Jesus is alive?

2 How can people associate you with Jesus?

3 Your witness is credible. As you speak words of Jesus in love it will work on people and we can leave the rest to God – He’ll process it through their crises. Do you believe in your witness?

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