Darren Larson - September 1, 2013

Regeneration for Christians

J.I. Packer, the famous pastor and theologian that I just gave you his definition of regeneration was asked, “Which theological issues would he commend young Christian leaders to study for in order to be prepared for the next 50 years of ministry?” His #1 answer: Regeneration. He knows we need to know about this. To live it, receive it, and understand it. Why would he say this? He says this because many of us who were raised in church or have a lot of experience in the church are not seeing victory over sin in our lives. We’re not seeing the desires in our hearts changing so that we want to do what God wants us to do. We ACTUALLY really want to do what we want to do, even if we give lip service to being a Christian. And maybe we’re not even seeing a deep desire for other people to know Jesus, which would be an obvious result of regeneration. And this doesn’t make sense, right? If we really believe the gospel message then we should have a completely different way of looking at life. But I want us to understand that to be born again (“born of Him”) should give a new heart and new nature so that we have at our deepest level a new identity and new passionate desire for God’s Word and God’s ways. If you don’t have that, maybe you haven’t experienced regeneration? Key Points from our Sermon on 1 John 2:28 – 3:10 Here are some of the key points on regeneration that you will learn when you listen to today’s sermon along with the time in the recording where that point is covered. Regeneration is the supernatural act of God in which he gives us new spiritual life. In the bible, it is sometimes referred to as “being born again” (19:25) Regeneration is how we know that we are children of God an not one who belongs to Satan (23:10) Regeneration means you have new desires for righteousness and a delight for God’s law… it does not mean you are perfect. (32:00) 1 John gives 3 sure signs of regeneration: A new confidence to live without shame (33:10) A new status as God’s child (35:00) A new desire to live a life changed by God (35:45) Those who live in hope of being completely like Christ one day will desire to be like Jesus now. (36:50)

Scripture References: 1 John 2:27-29, 1 John 3:1-10

From Series: "The Fundamentals"

Many of us have probably experienced a D.T.R. You know, that moment when you “Define The Relationship” with a significant other so there is no confusion on the status of the relationship! Similarly 1st John could be described as a letter written to define the relationship… the relationship between Christ and His people, and people with one another. When a person begins a relationship with Jesus Christ, there are some things that need to be defined in how we live out our relationship with Christ and each other. These are the fundamentals of the Christian faith. This sermon series was delivered in July, August, and September of 2013.

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