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Transcript: The Repentance Reset Button Born Again Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov left us the following precious instruction: "In order to live spiritually and draw breath from grace, we must continually exhale the ashes of sin." We sin almost constantly, if not in our deeds, then in our thoughts and feelings. Therefore it is essential to continually cleanse our souls. In the language of asceticism (teaching on religious struggle) it is known as "internal activity" or "attentiveness." To continually repent is to pay unceasing attention to one’s spiritual life, to assess and remove from it all that is questionable and foolish. This spiritual battle requires ability, God’s assistance, and constant prayer. As the holy Fathers of the Church write " It is pointless to weep over the sins of the past if we do not struggle with them in the present." Continual repentance or attentiveness is that poverty of spirit of which Christ speaks in the first Beatitude in His sermon on the mount. The call to such repentance is found throughout the Word of God and the texts of Orthodox worship. In a sense, all of the teaching of the Church is a single call to repentance in the most profound sense of that term, i.e. it is a call to rebirth, to a complete reassessment of all values, to a new understanding and vision of life in the light of Christ. Born Again? MY OWN PERSONAL SISYPHUS If not Us then Who? Oh, God! UNINTENTIONAL INTENTIONAL SEEN UNSEEN FAILURES MISSTEPS "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin" "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." THE PSALM 50 CONUNDRUM For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. (PSALM 50:3-4) Western/Protestant Christianity The phrase “born again Christian” is frequently misinterpreted. Looking at its primary reference, we see that its meaning is not about physical birth, but about experiencing a spiritual renewal. It is is an expression used by many Protestants to define the moment or process of fully accepting faith in Jesus Christ. It is an experience when the teachings of Christianity and Jesus become real, and the "born again" acquire a personal relationship with God. The term is originated from an incident in the New Testament in which the words of Jesus were not understood by a Jewish Pharisee, Nicodemus. Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." "How can someone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit." John 3:3-5 NIV Eastern/Orthodox Christianity The phrase “born again” also needs some tweaking, if not rescuing from its narrowly individualistic Evangelical environment. First of all, the word “again” [Greek anothen] in the phrase “born again” is better rendered “from above”, so that Christ is not counselling a repetition of the first birth, but a completely new kind of birth “from above”—i.e. from God, the phrase “above” being a Jewish circumlocution for the divine Name. Christ connects this rebirth with “water and the Spirit” (John 3:5), the water clearly being a reference to the water in which His disciples were immersed at baptism. This was the unanimous conclusion of the early church, and undergirds such references to baptism as found in St. Paul when he speaks of “the washing of rebirth” (Titus 3:5) and of Christians being “cleansed by the washing of water with the Word” (Ephesians 5:26).


Transcript: They do not accept the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ Traditional Orthodox Jews also believe in being born again through reincarnation Hindu's use the term born again in explaining reincarnation. This is not spoken with the same lexical meaning as used by Christians. Ways "Born again" can be used Jehovah's Witnesses- only the 144,000 are said to be born again A lexical phrase Lutheran Born again can be used in first, second, or third person. Example, I am a born again Christian. She is a born again work out junkie. Hebrew is a born again language. Saying *"I will be born again on Tuesday." Born again Where have we seen it? Denominations of the World "Born again" also refers to Baptist Mormon Some Religions that do not believe in being "born again" It can be said that a person is NOT born again if... The question "Have you been born again?" Presupposes that a person was born. *I am a born-again yellow. *She born-again reading. * I love her born-again. *Come to my born-again. All but one person automatically reffered to the spiritual term but they all have used the term in the non-religious form. Some religions disagree on whether the terms has a correlation to living sinless. For example, some baptist believe you can be re-born and still continue to live in sin. I had a "born again" experience Nichodemus story Negation Born again describes an action or state. It can also be used as an adjective. It cannot be used as a subject/noun. Person number Christian I am a born again marathon runner. Holy Rollers Tense church going "BORN-AGAIN" Culturally, often found as a title Turning over a new leaf Religions that believe in being "born again" Ways that "born-again" does not work Usually past or present tense So what does "born again" have to do with semantics? You OUGHT to consider if you are born again He went "All spiritual..." Data composed of 6 Different denominations and some with no religious beliefs. Ages 18-60 White, Black, Asain, Hispanic This is a term that will change your life if you let it!! MY STORY Catholic- use to describe what happens after baptism as an infant I am a "born again" greenie. Born again is an ambiguous lexical phrase You CAN be born again, if you accept Christ Pentecostal Title of various songs, books, newpaper articles, and people Presbyterian My Research One meaning is referred to as a spiritual process. Webster defines the term "born-again" as "newly interested in and enthusiastic about something and eager to make other people think the way you do. Origin of the term "born again" I am a "born-again christian 10% of Native Americans The term is often used with modal auxiliaries The statement "I am a born again Tigers fan" presupposes that at one time I was a tigers fan. I have been "born again" through baptism Methodist Despite the terms attachment to a spiritual meaning, many people are using the phrase as a catch phrase/ nonspiritual lexicon Have you been born again? The term is often found in the form of a question Buddhist Muslim Presupposition Possibly the most well known reference to being born again comes from the biblical story of Jesus and Nichodemus. Nichodemus asked Jesus "How can a man be born again?" Jesus replied," Verily Veerily I tell you, a man cannot enter the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again. "

Born Again

Transcript: John 3:5-7 King James Version (KJV) 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. God's seed God's seed is his word, which produces son's of God! Parable of the sower explained Objectives: - explain what it means to be born again - identify God's seed - why it is essential to be born again Parable of the sower explained Matthew 13:22-23 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:3-9 Behold a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit. Born Again Parable of the sower Parable of the sower explained Matthew 13:19-21 When one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. God's seed What is born again? God has placed in every creature the ability to produce kind after its kind. What is God's seed? What does he seed produce? Why Must you be born again? 1 Peter 1:22-23King James Version (KJV) 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

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Transcript: Welcome to... Rules! 1.) bE QUITE DURING THE PREACHING! 2.) Don't ask to the restroom unless of EMERGENCY! 3.) Stay in your taxi! 4.) Don't pass the caution tape ! 5.) Do not eat candy in God's city! 6.) No electronics! 7.) Do not electrocute your neighbor! 8.) Keep your shoes on ! 9.) Have fun ! Boy Vs. Girls! Worship Time! Born Again ! A new life in Christ How many of you know this book called "The very hungry Caterpillar"? "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a wonderful book by Eric Carle. The story begins with a tiny egg on a leaf in the light of the moon. On a Sunday morning, the warm sun came up and -- pop! -- out of the egg came a very small and very hungry caterpillar. He began to eat, and eat, and eat, but he was still hungry. Finally, he had eaten so much that he had a stomach ache! The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through a nice green leaf, and his stomach felt much better. He built a small house, called, a cocoon, around himself and stayed in there for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon and pushed his way out. Guess what? He wasn't a caterpillar any more, he was now a beautiful butterfly. Open your Bible to... In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3 (NIV) The story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" reminds me of the story of a man in our Bible lesson for today. It is the story of a man by the name of Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a very religious man and was a leader of the Pharisees. He spent a lot of time studying the Scriptures, but there was still much that he didn't understand. Nicodemus came to Jesus late one night, because he was hungry No, he wasn't looking for a late night snack, he was hungry for spiritual food. He was hungry for the truth about the kingdom of God. He came to Jesus because he had questions and he knew that Jesus would have the answers. "Teacher," Nicodemus said to Jesus, "we all know that God has sent you to teach us. No one could perform the miracles that you are doing if God were not with him." Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." "What do you mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can a man be born again?" Jesus went on to explain to Nicodemus that a person is "born again" when the Spirit of God enters into his heart. "Humans can reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don't be surprised when I say, 'You must be born again.'" "How are these things possible?" Nicodemus said scratching his head. Think about the story of "The Hungry Caterpillar?" When he came out of his cocoon, he wasn't an improved caterpillar, was he? No,he was a totally new creation. A butterfly! That's the way it is when we let Jesus into our heart. He doesn't just make us a better person. He makes us a new creation! News! JP kids every Tuesday night @ 7:30 Don't forget your points!

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