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WHAT BAPTISTS BELIEVE

Part 8 - REGENERATION

I. Intro

We believe that in order to be saved every sinner must be regenerated or born again; that the agents in this new birth are the Word of God and the Holy Spirit; that these two work together in the heart and mind bringing conviction of sin and conversion; that proper evidence appears in the Holy fruits of Repentance, faith, and newness of life; that by it we become partakers of the divine nature and a transformed life; leading us to a Christian love of all men and to practice righteousness; that one is born again or regenerated the moment he believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. (Jn 3:3-7) (2 Cor 5:17) (Ezek 36:26) (Rom 2:28,29) (Jn 3:8) (Jn 1:13) (James 1:16-18) (1 Pet 1:22-25) (1 Jn 5:1) (Eph 4:20-24) (Eph 5:9) (Rom 8:9) (Gal 5:16-23) (Eph 3:14-21) .

II. Accept Jesus as Savior

A. Regeneration or New birth is necessary for salvation / Jesus is the way of salvation
1. Jesus said (John 3:3-7) “Ye must be born again”
2. (1 John 5:1) “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”

B. Agents of New Birth

1. Will of God

a. (2 Pet 3:9) God is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.”

b. (Jn 1:12, 13) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

2. Word of God

a. (James 1:18) “ Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth”

b. (Rom 10:17) “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Work of God- by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) (1 Pet 1:22-25) (John 16:7-11)

3. Bring conviction & conversion

a. Mt 18:3 Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom.
b. (2 Cor 7:10) “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation”

C. Appearance of New Fruit
1. Life anew
a. (2 Cor 5:17) “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”
b. Old fruit of flesh, vs new fruit of Spirit (Rom 8:9) they that are in the flesh cannot please God
c. Please read about putting off the old man and putting on the new (Eph 4:17-24)
d. Promotion of the Fruit of Spirit (Eph 5:9) (Gal 5:16-26) evidence of Christ in the new life
2. Anew Love
a. Love of God & Fellow man (1 John 5:1) (1 John 4:7-21)
b. Practice of righteousness- Pauls prayer for the church (Eph 3:14-21)

D. An Example of Regeneration The Jailer, in (Acts 16) , imprisoned & beat Paul, then, got saved and washed Paul’s stripes

E. Abrupt Regeneration Abrupt-a sudden change, instantaneous, happening in a moment or a twinkling of the eye
1. Regenerate- change from a natural to a spiritual state, to give fresh life to by grace of God
2. Born again, the moment faith is placed in Christ

III. At Once Taken in the Rapture
A. Abrupt-a sudden change, instantaneous, happening in a moment or a twinkling of the eye. Rapture-“Harpazo” to catch away, snatch, pluck or suddenly transport or remove to another place.

B. At the rapture (1 Cor 15:51-58) (1 Thes 4:13-18)
1. We shall be changed
2. Raptured, the moment Christ appears for His church
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