Why Do We Need to Be Born Again? Part 1 John Piper

Why Do We Need to Be Born Again? Part 1.


Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

One of the greatest books about God ever written, namely, John Calvin’s Institutes, begins with this sentence: “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” What we may need reminding of in our day is not that the knowledge of God is difficult to comprehend and to embrace—that’s more or less obvious—but that the knowledge of ourselves is just as difficult to comprehend and to embrace. Indeed, it may be more difficult, first, because a true knowledge of ourselves assumes a true knowledge of God, and, second, because we tend to think we do know ourselves, when, in fact, the depths or our condition are beyond our comprehension without the help of God.

Who Can Know the Human Heart?

The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). David said in Psalm 19:12, “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.” In other words, we never get to the bottom of our sinfulness. If our forgiveness depended on the fullness of the knowledge of our sins, we would all perish. No one knows the extent of his sinfulness. It is deeper than anyone knows.

But the Bible does not leave us without help to know ourselves. The fact that we cannot know fully how sinful we are, does not mean we cannot know deeply how sinful we are. The Bible has a clear and devastating message about the state of our own souls. And the reason it does is so that we will know what we need and shout for joy when God gives it to us.

Why Must We Born Again?

We are in a series on the new birth. We have heard Jesus say in John 3:7, “You must be born again.” And in John 3:3, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In other words, being born again is infinitely serious. Heaven and hell are hanging in the balance. We will not see the kingdom of God unless we are born again. So today the question is Why? Why is it so necessary? Why isn’t some other remedy sufficient, like turning over a new leaf or moral improvement or self-disciple? Why this radical, spiritual, supernatural thing called new birth or regeneration? That’s the question we try to answer today and next week.

Diagnosis: We Are Dead

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John Piper with Tim Keller & D.A. Carson on Succession Plans and Growing Older plus his June 2011 message to the SBC on the Lord’s Prayer

John Piper is planning to transition from pastor for preaching and vision to full time writing and teaching, and mentoring at Bethlehem College and Seminary. In the video below Piper discusses succession plans and getting older with Tim Keller and D.A.Carson.

Below the video you will find the transcript of John Piper’s main message to the Pastors attending the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13,2011.

You can read the entire article here – Succession Plans and Growing Older. (The Gospel Coalition)

John Piper, Tim Keller, and Don Carson talk about growing older, making transitions, and pastoral succession.

Note that Piper told the people of Bethlehem last Sunday:

My proposal to the elders—and it comes from Noël and me, not just me (we have talked a lot about this, as you can imagine)—is that I transition from pastor for preaching and vision to a fulltime writing and BCS [Bethlehem College and Seminary] teaching and mentoring and wider speaking role on June 30, 2014—three years from now. And that we be very intentional and prayerful and thoughtful about a successor in those years.

That’s not the plan yet, because the elders have to think through all the implications and come to a mind.

The Gospel Coalition looked at this issue in a profile on “Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession,” which includes an explanation of what Keller and Redeemer plan to do.

John Piper’s main message to the Pastors attending the Southern Baptist Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13,2011.

Be a Radically God-Centered Pastor

My main message to you is very simple: Be a radically God-centered pastor. My text is the first petition of the Lord’s prayer: “Hallowed by your name.” I simply want to spend the few minutes we have together pressing the God-centered implications of this first petition of the Lord’s prayer into your minds and hearts and ministries.

Or another way to say it is that my aim is to unpack the way I understand the theme of this conference, which I love: “ASPIRE: Yearning to Join God’s Kingdom Activity.” The word aspire and the word yearning capture the emotional side of the theme. Desire this. Long for this. Ache for this. Want this. Be passionate for this. Have zeal for this. Yearn for this. Aspire to this. Plead for this.

Our First and Deepest Longing

Yes, plead! If you yearn, you plead. If you aspire, you plead, you pray! And what did Jesus tell us to pray? What did he say to aspire to first? Desire first? Yearn for first? Long for and plead for first—above all? What did he tell us to make our preeminent aspiration? Our first and deepest longing? Our all-defining, all-shaping, all-controlling, all-consuming desire?

He said, “Desire this first: Hallowed be your name.” Plead for this above all: “Father, cause your name to be hallowed!” “Do whatever you must do in me, in my family, in my church, in my denomination, in my city, in this world, so that your name is hallowed.”

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Invitatie la – A 43-a Conventie a Bisericilor Penticostale din Statele Unite ale Americii si Canada 2011 in Chicago-Transmisie Live – In Direct

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from Tim Hill Ministries.org-
Tim Hill is married to Paula and they have three daughters, Melinda, Brittany, and Tara.

He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee as the First Assistant General Overseer at the International Offices of the Church of God.

He has also served as the Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma.

His most recent pastorate was the 800-member Riveroak Church of God in Danville, Virginia, where he hosted daily television and radio programs.

He graduated from Graham High School in 1978, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee in 2006.

Tim Hill has just released his new book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” along with the accompanying PowerPoint CD. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 30 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. He is the author of a number one song, which was voted as Song of the Year in 1990 by Gospel Voice Magazine, “He’s Still in the Fire.”

He began recording at 16 years of age and has 17 recording projects to his credit including many original songs.

As a speaker, Reverend Hill has traveled extensively across the United States and around the world speaking in major denominational and interdenominational conventions, camp meetings, conferences, etc.



TIM HILL SINGING “HE’S STILL IN THE FIRE

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  2. Things to do in Chicago, Illinois website
  3. Explore Chicago website (has the best Chicago pictures)
  4. Chicago’s Convention and Tourism Bureau (maps, tours & dining info)
  5. National Geographic guide to Chicago

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