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First Peter

The Birthmarks Of The Born-Again

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | May 14, 1978

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When a person is born again through God’s redemptive power, something in that person changes. Salvation transforms the mind, will, and heart, focusing on God and His purpose for life. When God changes us on the inside, we should experience life in a new way and begin to see changes on the outside.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

It is possible to cheapen and devalue words.

The term “born again” is in danger of being devalued.

When a person is born again through God’s redemptive power of salvation, something in that person’s life changes.

When there is a change on the inside, it must cause a change on the outside.

Three experiences of the believer that are brand new:

-       New attitude of mind

  • The unsaved person is ignorant, indulgent, and indifferent.
  • The unsaved have no purpose in life.
  • When we are saved, the Holy Spirit disciplines our minds.
  • No matter out situation, believers can have an optimistic outlook on life because of our living hope.
  • We should be serious about life now because we do not know how long we will be on Earth. 
  • Outlook determines outcome in life. What you think about affects who you become.

-       New obedience of will

  • Believers are drawn to obey God because we are God’s children and have His nature.
  • A new nature means we turn from our old behaviors.
  • Believer’s are saved and have the ability to obey because of His grace.
  • God commands us to obey in His Word.
  • Why would we use our God-given freedom for disobedience?
  • If we’re going to heaven, why live like people going to hell?

-       New love in the heart

  • Where there is sincere love, there must also be truth.
  • A pure love is not selfish.

The evidence of salvation is a changed life.

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