Born to Believe: Gods Work in Regeneration and Conversion
I. Introduction John 3:1-21.
II. God must regenerate John 3:1-13.
A. Because we are spiritually blind John 3:3.
B. Because we cannot regenerate ourselves John 3:5; Heb 5:5
C. Because regeneration involves water and spirit 3:5.
1. Born of the Spirit.
a. Implies born from above 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:8; 5:4.
b. Has different results from born of the flesh John 3:6; 1:13.
c. Cannot be controlled John 3:7-8.
2. Born of water.
a. Various views of water.
b. Water and Spirit in the Old Testament John 3:9-10, Ezek 36:25-31, Numb 19:20.
D. Because Jesus is the authority on the new birth John 3:11-13; 1:18.
III. You must believe John 3:14-18; Numbers 21:4-9.
A. You must believe because of your sin problem John 3:14; Numb 21:5.
B. You must believe because this is the only way to eternal life John 3:15.
C. You must believe because of the cost to the Father John 3:16.
D. You must believe because of the preciousness of the sacrifice John 3:16.
E. You must believe because of the extent of the invitation John 3:15-17.
F. You must believe because of the mercy of the invitation John 3:17; Matt 23:27.
G. You must believe because of your present condemnation John 3:18.
H. You must believe because you are running out of time.
IV. You must repent John 3:19-20.
A. John doesnt use the word repent but he does describe the action.
B. Verses in John that describe repentance: (3:19), (3:20-21), (3:36), (3:21), (4:23-24), (5:22-24), (5:29), (6:48-66), (8:42, cf. 1 John 2:15), (10:26-28), and (14:15).
V. When you repent and believe it is the result of Gods prior work John 3:21; 6:29,45.
VI. Helpful web articles.
A. Various views of water in John 3:5.
B. Eternal sonship Reexamining the Eternal Sonship of Christ, John MacArthur
C. Repentance in John -- Repentance in the Gospel of John, John MacArthur