“Rushing wind” Keith Green song video below
Regeneration by The Holy Spirit (Doc. 7, The Salvation Army)
Illustration: “Weekend at Burnies” (Clip below)
Dead to sin, live no longer there in (Ro. 6:1-14; 1st Co. 15:29; Eph.2:1)
No longer conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind and heart by The Holy Spirit (Ro. 12:2; 1st Pe 1:14; Ro. 8:29; 2nd Co.10:3)
Illustration Peter parker gets bit by spider and takes on traits of spider. We are effected by things that bit us. If we take a bit out of what God has to offer us, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), we’ll take on His characteristics. We can become more and more like Christ but we have to feed our Spirit thing Jesus fed His. Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4). Jesus is the bread of life ( Jn. 6:33,35,51). Communion (Jn. 6:51-58). Mt. 7:21 (must “know” Him). Rev. 3:20 (stand at door and knock,…come in and dine with you & you with Him). Hebrews 10:11-14
Illustration : Transformer movie, no clip needed. We all know what happens there something that seems to be just a vehicle (car, ice cream truck, 18 wheeler) turns into a robot…show clip anyway (ONLY SHOW 1st PART OF CLIP-Edit it).
Effects or consequences of past sins (dirty deeds) may still have an outcome or have to be paid for but the sin its self, its curse, has been taken away by Christ’s Sacrifice and accepting that sacrifice.
Song: “He paid a debit He did not own, I owed a debit I could not pay”
Song (music below)
Song below “Jesus Paid It All” (Young adults rock music video with lyrics)
1st Co. 6:19-20 bought at a price
Jail Chaplain Ken Asplund always sits back in his chair and says to inmates, “I don’t care what you did to get here but I can tell you what to do so you don’t come back.”
John 3:3 What must do?
John 3:30 also good, “He must increase and I must decrease”
2nd Corinth. 5:14-21
Born again John 3:6-7, 16-17; 1st Pe. 1:23; Titus 3:5
Spiritual rebirth, from death to life John 5:24; 1st John 3:14
From Darkness to light John 8:12; Eph. 5:8; 1st Thess. 5:5
Becoming Temple of The Holy Spirit 1st Co. 6:19
Receive virtues Gal. 5:6; Ro. 5:5
By The Holy Spirit -Compare Jn.7:39 and Ac. 2:32-33
Song: “Since Jesus Came into My Heart”
Clip below of song (cowboy church for older adults)
Clip below of song (Jazz/gospel for modern adults)
Clip below of song (just lyrics on screen and music/vocals for all ages)
Commercial Amazing Grace by Salvation Army
So after you accept Christ and HE the Holy Spirit (Trinity) lives in you you will truly be changed. If we truly surrender all and give up our own will and accept ALL HE IS, Then and only then we are genuinely changed. Transforms, regenerated.
Not reformed out of what already was, not recycled but actually reclaimed because God created us to have a personal relationship with Him to begin with and we and our fore fathers , humans have ALWAYS messed it up by not loving Him back. Not accepting that HE wants to be personal with us and to let Him in we have to take out the old (recall song opened with by Keith Green “Rushing Wind” Clip below)
Not only reclaimed but REGENERATED
Eph. 3:16-17 (Inner man)
Col. 1:27 (Christ in you)
Phil. 2:13 (God woreth in you both to will and do His good will)
Phil. 1:16 (He began that work and will complete it in you) AMEN
Other ref. for above or to go further:
Gen. 1:26; 1st John 3:2 (God’s purpose, draw men into fellowship with Him so that conform to His likeness)
Ultimate proof is in personal experience. Even if people refute what you say, believe something different, refute the Holy Bible they cannot go against what you personal believe and have 1st hand experienced.
Someone said, “if God is dead, who is this living in my heart?!”
Try to convince someone who has been in a life changing experience, like a scooter accident, that driving a scooter is safe.
If you met someone who grew up as vegetarian and they never ate meat a day in their lives you could tell them how good steak is but they may not want to hear it, they won’t believe you, they may even be scared or afraid to even THINK about it but if you enjoy steak enough you’d want them to at least try it right?
Having fun at a party or club without getting drunk or having sex or getting into things that would distract you from your walk with God CAN BE done but it is hard for an alcoholic or someone who is perverse by such a good thing as sex to realize they can have fun without those things and they can find something MUCH MORE satisfying. If the main purpose of the party is to treat yourself and not glorify God then we are falling short of the glory of God (sin) but if we find ourselves in a typical worldly situation or place (like a bar) we can still be Christ like. Where ever we go whatever we do we can be Christ like. If that environment causes you to draw away from God then ya leave. If the movie your watching offends you then ya turn it off.
You are free to do any and everything but as Paul said, Iam free to do whatever I want but not all things are profitable, don’t be mastered by anything (1st Co. 6:12) Ro. 6:14 (may read and consider all of Romans 6, no longer a slave to sin) You can’t serve 2 masters (Mt. 6:24; Mt. 23:8;24:46; Ro. 6:14; Col.4:1; 2nd Tim 2:21 useful to Master. 2nd Tim. 2:3 like a good soldier. Gal 5:7-26 FREE FOR WHAT?) Not all things are of value. Even Physical exercise or training is of some value (2nd Tim. 4:8) but when your desire is to please God and not yourself then you DESIRE is no longer a lust to do what is wrong but a strong DESIRE and longing to please the one you love, if you love Him that much.
Some people are not in love with Jesus at all. Some don’t know how much He loves them, they just don’t believe or haven’t seen His love. Some are just dating Him. Others just visit (Sunday Mornings, just show up ‘at His house’ and don’t take Him home into their home or heart) Others are in a committed relationship with Him. Some are married (the bride)
1st Corin. 4:7-13 what makes difference? How may the world view us?
1st John 3:1 The reason they do not know or accept us or even may hate us?
Jas. 2:5 poor in eyes of world
Jas. 4:4 fried of world, love things of world is hatred toward God.
1st Jn. 2:15 do not love the world or anything in it.
1st Co. 6:11-20 (look above 11 a little, we were once sinning, now we are sinners saved by Grace, not by anything we’ve done but God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
Grace-giving you what you don’t deserve.
Mercy-not giving you what you do deserve.
Ultimate Proof is personal experience
Jn 3:8 wind blows (can’t understand fully). Eph. 3:20 (Exceedingly abundantly above all ask or think).
1st Pe 1:14-16 Holy Spirit makes us children of God both in name and in the likeness of His nature
ROOT, purpose and power released by Jesus 1st Co. 1:30; Titus 2:13-14; Heb. 10:10
Forgiveness and inheritance Ac. 26:18 Turn from darkness to light From satan to God. Forgiveness, inheritance, sanctification (set apart for Him).
New Father –offspring Ac. 17: 24-29, John 1:12-13
Conversion of our will, no longer slave but sons and if son heir Gal. 4:7
Gal.3:26; 4:4,5; Eph. 1:4-5. Citizens of the kingdom Eph. 2:19.
Spiritual union Closer and enduring relationship that human ties (Gal. 3:28; Ro. 12:3-5; 1st co. 12:12-20; Eph. 2:16-22; 4:1-16; 1st Pe. 2:4-10.
Adoption bestows inheritance, inheritance can’t be earned. Kingdom life NOW let alone when we get to kingdom of heaven.
Father Jn. 20:17; Jas. 1:17; Lk 11:13
Son (Heb. 2:11) Bothers (Jn. 12:26;14:3; Ro 8:17; Eph. 1:11)
(Jn. 17:24,26; 15:9)
Spirit (Ro. 8:11,18-25; Eph. 1:19-23).