Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means? The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus approached Jesus at night. He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.
Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).
Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law. He was a respected leader of the Jewish community. No doubt he was a fine man. Yet something was lacking. Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ. Phrases like “I pray regularly” or “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.
New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner. Because of sin, we are spiritually dead. For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary. God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.
The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23). Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners. To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16). Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).
To believe in Jesus is to be born again. Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Fall 2016 Lifeway
Crusade Evangelism In Oradea
Open Doors Baptist Church
Our team of preachers spoke twice at the same church on Sunday, February 5, 2017. I preached at Open Doors Baptist Church, and went with my evangelistic standby message “The Lamb Of God,” Revelation 13:8b.
Since I was to speak again in the evening, and because a large funeral would occur in the church facility in the afternoon, I stayed with the host pastor, his wife and their friends. We shared a meal together and rested.
The funeral was packed with people. A person passed on who lived only a few doors down from the church. Many more came to the funeral than came to church! Boy, that will make you think. It reminds me of the old joke – “Make sure the next time you come to church is not when six strong men carry you there.” I would guess there were well over two hundred people attending the funeral, filling the upper balcony as well. Bobby Herrell spoke to the people and emphasized the resurrection from the dead. The good folks all wore black and the atmosphere was one of mourning the loss of a loved one. Bobby’s message cut right through the darkness as we heard great joy in his voice, expounding on Jesus rising from the dead. Bobby kept looking at me as I sat on the front row, and I later asked him why. He said it was because of my positive reaction to the message. He did not see it elsewhere. It shows the importance for you and me to let our light shine in a world of darkness all around us.
In the evening service, I preached from Acts 1:3, “Many Infallible Proofs.” Some of the evidences of the reality of our faith are people’s testimonies of salvation, the boldness of the Apostles, the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecies, and the spread of Christianity around the world. This doctrine is called apologetics, and often resonates with young people. Our preaching was well received. As mentioned, Romanian Christians will turn out to hear the Word of God, the way Americans turn out to hear a Christian music group or artist.
The Evangelistic Crusades were a great success. The services were anointed, the people attended in great numbers, and sixty one souls made professions of faith in Oradea. As the president of PIMI, Elijah Morar told us as we prepared to leave on our tour bus, only eternity will reveal the hearts that were touched during the last week. Well said. We hated to leave. I enjoy working in a vineyard where people are responding to the Gospel and not Gospel hardened like in America. You have to go to these places in order to understand what I just wrote.
In His Service, Pastor Steve