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Title: Being Born Again

Being Born Again!
  • Hosea 45-6 (NLT)
  • 6 My people are being destroyed because they
    don't know me. It is all your fault, you priests,
    for you yourselves refuse to know me. Now I
    refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you
    have forgotten the laws of your God, I will
    forget to bless your children.

  • Proverbs 1625 (NLT)
  • 25 There is a path before each person that seems
    right, but it ends in death.
  • Proverbs 1412 (NLT)
  • 12 There is a path before each person that seems
    right, but it ends in death.

The Condition of our Nation!
  • Americans that profess that they are saved
  • 1978 60
  • 1988 66
  • 2006 - 72
  • more than 7 out of 10 Americans (Barna research)
  • This is pretty impressive right?

The Condition of our Nation!
  • Divorce
  • Among married born again Christians
  • 35 have experienced a divorce
  • 23 get divorced two or more times.

The Condition of our Nation!
  • Social Issues  
  • 33 say that abortion is a morally acceptable
  • 54 believe that if a person is generally good,
    or does enough good things for others during
    their life, they will earn a place in Heaven.

The Condition of our Nation!
  • Beliefs of born again Christians  
  • 86 believe "the Bible is totally accurate in all
    of its teachings." (2005)
  • 46 agree that Satan is "not a living being but
    is a symbol of evil." (2005)
  • 28 agree that "while he lived on earth, Jesus
    committed sins, like other people,". (2005)
  • 44 Adults and 9 of teenagers are certain of the
    existence of absolute moral truth.

The Condition of our Nation!
  • Religious Activities  
  • 67 have read from the Bible in the past week.
  • 65 of born agains attended church in the last
    week. (2005)

Something is Wrong!
  • Romans 122 (NLT)
  • 2 Don't copy the behavior and customs of this
    world, but let God transform you into a new
    person by changing the way you think. Then you
    will know what God wants you to do, and you will
    know how good and pleasing and perfect his will
    really is.

Something is Wrong!
  • 50 percent of people that go to church are
  • Dr. Rod Bell President of the fundamentalist
    Baptist Fellowship of America believes
  • 80 percent of Americans who claim to be
    Christian, Few live any differently from pagans
    or atheists, as though God has no claim on their
  • Luis Palau - Evangelist

Something is Wrong!
  • Many who call themselves Christians are not
    really biblical Christians at all. Although they
    may be religious people who attend church
    regularly, they have never experienced the new
    birth and a personal relationship with Jesus
  • Bill Bright - founder of Campus Crusade for
  • The majority of Christians are dabbling in
    religious expression that has no substance
  • James Dobson

How Did We Get Here?
  • Fallacy of Modern evangelism
  • repeat a salvation prayer and you are saved
  • creates a false sense of security
  • One hundred years ago
  • evangelists were ecstatic if 10 percent of the
    people who came forward for altar calls were born
  • Either weve improved the way we deliver the
    Gospel, or our methods are producing a staggering
    number of stillbirths.

How Did We Get Here?
  • 1700s - Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and
    John Wesley
  • Never used alter calls
  • Prayer and Counseling was offered to inquirers
    seeking salvation
  • 5 who stayed were saved or converted
  • Evidence of Salvation
  • power over sin
  • The working of the Holy spirit in the individuals
  • Were never told they were saved

How Did We Get Here?
  • 1800s - Charles Finny
  • father of the alter call (inquirers), should have
    extensive counseling
  • Used methods designed to encourage seekers to
    immediately confront their lost condition.
  • Used an Altar call as an appeal for further
    inquiry into the condition of the penitent rather
    than the conclusion of a contract.

How Did We Get Here?
  • 1900s Billy Sunday (famous baseball player
    turned evangelist
  • popularized the idea that everyone who came
    forward was no longer inquirers but a convert.
  • He eliminated the inquiry room
  • no longer offered pre-salvation counseling.

How Did We Get Here?
  • 1900s Billy Sunday
  • He used every psychological tool to get people to
    come to the front to shake his hand.
  • Come and shake the hand of Billy Sunday
  • Your not men enough to be Christian
  • You havent manhood enough to walk down these
    isles and say I give my heart to Jesus
  • Salvation was seen less as a Holy Spirit birth,
    and more as a decision of the will.

How Did We Get Here?
  • Some people think that they cant be converted
    unless they go down on their knees in the straw
    at a comp meeting, unless they pray all hours of
    the night and all days of the week while some old
    brother storms heaven in prayer. What I want
    and preach is the fact that a man can be
    converted without any fuss.
  • Billy Sunday

How Did We Get Here?
  • Many of the evangelists are being ruined. A
    good deal of commercialism has been creeping into
    our work and I fear less dependence on God.

R.A. Torrey contemporary evangelist of that era
How Did We Get Here?
  • 1900s Billy Graham father of group salvation
  • SCFD (.25) B
  • Sermon Counseling Follow-up Effective
    Decisions (.25) Born Again Experience
  • Never believed everyone who repeated a salvation
    prayer was saved. He acknowledged Some were
    following the whim of temporary emotion some did
    not realize what they were doing.

How Did We Get Here?
  • 1900s Billy Graham
  • Just coming forward does not save your soul. It
    must be an outward manifestation of an inward
    feeling. Not only is repentance needed but
    faithand this word faith means more than just
    belief. We give the people an opportunity to
    decide yes or no. But the actual conversion
    must be of God.
  • Billy Graham

How Did We Get Here?
  • Today - Thousands of ministers are producing
    false converts (estimates as high as 90)
  • Most twentieth century conversions were not
    conversions at all, but rather, at best, the
    beginning of illumination.
  • Show Video of Jay Baker
  • This Generation no expectation of Change

Counting the Cost!
  • Counting the Cost
  • Luke 1425-33 (NLT)
  • 25 Great crowds were following Jesus. He turned
    around and said to them, 26 "If you want to be my
    follower you must love me more than your own
    father and mother, wife and children, brothers
    and sistersyes, more than your own life.
    Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And you
    cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your
    own cross and follow me.

Luke 1425-33 (NLT)
  • 28 "But don't begin until you count the cost. For
    who would begin construction of a building
    without first getting estimates and then checking
    to see if there is enough money to pay the bills?
    29 Otherwise, you might complete only the
    foundation before running out of funds. And then
    how everyone would laugh at you! 30 They would
    say, There's the person who started that
    building and ran out of money before it was

Luke 1425-33 (NLT)
  •  31 "Or what king would ever dream of going to
    war without first sitting down with his
    counselors and discussing whether his army of ten
    thousand is strong enough to defeat the twenty
    thousand soldiers who are marching against him?
    32 If he is not able, then while the enemy is
    still far away, he will send a delegation to
    discuss terms of peace. 33 So no one can become
    my disciple without giving up everything for me.

Counting the Cost!
  • Jesus
  • Used Parables to illustrate spiritual points
  • Matt 1335 (ISV)
  • "I will open my mouth to speak in parables.  I
    will declare what has been hidden from the
    foundation of the world."
  • Reaping and sowing agricultural society
    understands this principle
  • Faith as a mustard seed
  • Kingdom of Heaven - treasure hidden in field.

John 31-3 (NLT)
  • 1 After dark one evening, a Jewish religious
    leader named Nicodemus, a Pharisee, 2 came to
    speak with Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "we all
    know that God has sent you to teach us. Your
    miraculous signs are proof enough that God is
    with you."      3 Jesus replied, "I assure you,
    unless you are born again, you can never see the
    Kingdom of God."     

Born Again
  • Same Stages
  • Natural Childbirth
  • Spiritual birth
  • Three Stages of the born again experience
  • Moment of conception
  • Stage of gestation
  • Birth into the Kingdom of God being Born Again

Born Again
  • 1. Moment of Conception
  • An Awakening (a seed is planted)
  • Is there a God?
  • Realize - I need God for some people it might
    be more intense then others
  • Many times we stop here and say that people are
  • Illuminated and begin to feel something

Born Again
  • 2. Gestation Struggle of faith (it can last for
    days, weeks, months or even years)
  • A Response, Conviction, Feelings or moved by the
    beauty of God Who God is
  • pre-twentieth century
  • understanding that the Holy Spirit prepared
    people before they could be born again.
  • Some People
  • Long and difficult conflict w/ inner motives of
    the heart.
  • conversion comes at the climatic moment of a long
    period of a gradual conviction of their need and
    revelation of the plan of salvation.
  • Either way a period of Gestation

Born Again
  • Examples of Gestation
  • Charles Finney
  • read bible
  • went to church
  • Led the church choir
  • John Wesley and George Whitefield - Pre-faith
    illumination drove them to seek Gods complete
  • prayed and fasted together The Holy Club they
    prayed that God would break through with his
  • Whitefield knew he wasnt saved even though he
    fasted and did good works.

Born Again
  • Today
  • We would have accepted these lost men as
    Christians born again.
  • Wesley even went to work with the native
    American Indians for 3 years and then came back
    to England and while in the hull of the boat said
    I went to America to convert the Indians but O!
    Who shall convert me?

Born Again
  • Others Struggles of Faith
  • John Calvin12 years
  • George Fox12 years
  • John Wesley23 years
  • George Whitefield10 years
  • Jonathan Edwards5 years
  • David Brainerd9 years
  • John Newton6 years
  • Peter Cartwright1 year
  • Charles Spurgeon4 years
  • Virtually every account before 1900 of the
    born-again experience is characterized by a
    period of illumination and a struggle of faith.

Born Again
  • I have ignorantly said to others just believe -
    The devil will say that you are not saved
  • Bible says to Examine ourselves
  • 2 Cor 135-6 (NLT)
  • 5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is
    really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot
    tell that Jesus Christ is among you,2 it means
    you have failed the test. 6 I hope you recognize
    that we have passed the test and are approved by

Born Again
  • 2 Peter 110 (NLT)
  • 10 So, dear brothers and sisters,4 work hard to
    prove that you really are among those God has
    called and chosen. Doing this, you will never
    stumble or fall away.
  • Luke 643-45 (NLT)
  • 43 "A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a
    bad tree can't produce good fruit. 44 A tree is
    identified by the kind of fruit it produces. Figs
    never grow on thorn bushes or grapes on bramble
    bushes. 45 A good person produces good deeds from
    a good heart, and an evil person produces evil
    deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your
    heart determines what you say.

Born Again
  • 2. Gestation This struggle of faith (it can
    last for days, weeks, months or even years)
  • Can look to most people like you are a Christian
    and have been converted
  • Sin still has power and a hold on your life
  • No real moment that defines you life with Radical

Born Again
  • Gestation
  • We must struggle and wrestle
  • It will cost us everything
  • Luke 1433 (NLT)
  • 33 So no one can become my disciple without
    giving up everything for me.

Born Again
  • 3. New Birth
  • When you say I hate my old life and want nothing
    more to do with it.
  • The Birthing process begins and, not until then
  • Exciting, painful, effort and not very pretty
  • 2 Cor 517 (NLT)
  • 17 What this means is that those who become
    Christians become new persons. They are not the
    same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new
    life has begun!

Born Again
  • 3. New Birth
  • Die to ourselves and our sinful nature
  • Romans 61-7 (NLT)
  • 1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that
    God can show us more and more kindness and
    forgiveness? 2 Of course not! Since we have died
    to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or
    have you forgotten that when we became Christians
    and were baptized to become one with Christ
    Jesus, we died with him?

Born Again
  • 3. New Birth
  • Romans 61-7 (NLT)
  • 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by
    baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the
    dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we
    also may live new lives.      5 Since we have
    been united with him in his death, we will also
    be raised as he was. 6 Our old sinful selves were
    crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its
    power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to
    sin. For when we died with Christ we were set
    free from the power of sin.

Born Again
  • 3. New Birth true Repentance
  • Repentance
  • Repentance is a change of mind and feelings
    regarding sin itself.
  • Repentance is not Remorse
  • Many think remorse, a sense of guilt, is
    repentance. Then hell is full of repentance,
    because it is full of unutterable, eternal
    remorse. Others feel regret over something and
    call that repentance. But they regret their sin
    because of the consequences, not because they
    hate sin. This isnt repentance.
  • Charles Finney

Born Again
  • If they long for their old ways, they show they
    have never really repented, because repentance
    always consists in changing views and feelings.
    If they were truly converted, instead of desiring
    such things, they would turn from them with
  • Charles Finney

Born Again
  • Jesus never asked us to pray a prayer to invite
    him into our hearts
  • He asked us to give him everything
  • As we willfully lay down our lives a miracle
    happens in our hearts
  • Luke 1433
  • 33 So no one can become my disciple without
    giving up everything for me.

Counting the Cost!
  • Willing vs. Wanting
  • A lot of people might want to be saved
  • Two different things
  • When we see anything that looks good to us, we
    naturally want itwe cant help wanting it in
    proportion to its goodness. But we can still be
    unwilling to have it, all things considered.

Counting the Cost!
  • I am afraid what has happened in America is that
    we have gone from conception to birth!
  • It creates still births or miss-carriages
  • This is an all you have to do mentality
  • I wonder how many people are really in the
    gestation period.
  • Wrestle with God - I will count the cost!
  • Will you count the cost?
  • Have you died?
  • Has there been true repentance?

Being Born Again!
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