Bible Study Ouline on Being Born Again
Being born again in the context of Christianity involves spiritual rebirth. Everyone of us is born in the flesh when we came out of our mother’s wombs. On the other hand, spiritual rebirth means being born again by God’s spirit. Faith itself is insufficient to get saved and obtain eternal life. True spiritual birth requires true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Born again Christians already die to their own selves by quitting their bad habits and live a new life in Jesus Christ. If you are a born again Christian, you will demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
God is a spirit and his children must worship him in truth and spirit. To worship God means to pay respect to God. In order to be born again in Christ, you must meditate on God’s words and live by his commandments. Jesus said that only those who have been born again in Christ will be able to see and enter the kingdom of God.In 1 John 2:29, everyone that do righteousness is born of God. In 1 John 3:9, a person that is born of God will not continue to live in a sinful lifestyle because the seed of God is in him. If you find youself keep on getting trapped in repeating your sin even though you want to change, you should tell it to God and ask him to give you the strength to overcome it.
A person that is born of God will demonstrate love for others (1 John 5:1). Loving others is the most important commandment in the bible as all God’s commandment hang on this commandment. To love others means to be kind, considerate and helpful to those who need your help. Serving at the church by helping in volunteering in different areas of the ministry is one way of loving others. If you love others, you will be humble, tolerant, gentle towards others. You will avoid gossiping, backbiting,grumbling, murmuring, arguing, and yelling at others.
A person who is born of God will never dis-acknowledge God even when he is being persecuted and rejected by others. Jesus said that those who love their family members more than him is not worthy of being his disciple. Anyone that is born of God will be able to overcome worldliness with their faith. Christians are not to compromise with the world in any way but let their life completely being led by the Holy Spirit.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:1-8 KJV)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36 KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3 KJV)
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-14 KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)