“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
John 10:10 NLT
1 – Being born again
- Jesus is the door
- Redeemed, purchased with a price
- Repentance from sin, recognition that you are a sinner and need of a savior
- You don’t become a christian by being born to this world
- You must be born again
- Jesus called a group of people “children of your father the devil” in John 8:44: Not everyone is a child of God
John 3:16 NLT
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 14:6 NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 8:36 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
1 John 5:13 NLT
I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
Colossians 2:13-15 NLT
13/ You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
14/ He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
15/ In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT
18/ For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.
19/ It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
John 3:3 NLT
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
2 – God’s Word in first place
- God cannot bless ignorance
- Opinions do not carry any weight.
- God’s Word is truth.
- Everything is linked to the seed of God’s word being planted good ground, and producing a harvest. (Mark 4)
John 17:17 NLT
Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Numbers 23:19 NLT
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
3 – Be baptized into Holy Spirit
- You become the dwelling place for the very glory of God.
- Greater one is in you
- One who is greater than any force is dwelling in you
John 7:37-38 NLT
37/ On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!
38/ Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
1 John 4:4 NLT
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
4 – Clean Life
- Live a clean life
- Make a quality decision regardless of what anyone else does to live a clean life
- Set your standard in line with the Word: as He is.
1 Peter 1:15 NLT
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 NLT
“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.”
Galatians 5:16 NLT
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”
Galatians 5:19-21 NLT
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”