Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What does it mean to be born again?

Wonderful quote for your reflection by author and pastor, John Piper, from his new book, Finally Alive. An online version of the entire book is available here

There are three reasons I want you who are Christians to
know what happened to you when you were born again:
1. When you are truly born again and grow in the grace and
knowledge of what the Lord has done for you, your fellowship
with God will be sweet, and your assurance that he is your
Father will be deep. I want that for you.

2. If you know what really happened to you in your new birth, you
will treasure God and his Spirit and his Son and his word more
highly than you ever have. In this, Christ will be glorified.

3. In the process of believers discovering what really happened
to them, the seriousness and the supernatural nature of
conversion will rise and that, I pray, will serve a more general
awakening of authenticity in the Christian church so that
religious hypocrisy will diminish and the world will see real
love and sacrifice and courage in the service of Christ.