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According to the U.S. Supreme Court, we are now allowed to have worship services in our building. We are only able to have two worship services at this time. However, we will continue to have our online services on the web, Sundays and Wednesdays, in audio/text/video form. Come and join us, if you can, at 11:00 am this Sunday!

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Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, we approach Thy throne through Jesus Christ our Savior. We praise Thee, Lord, for the fact that Thou knows all things. You know our needs, You know our hearts, Your know our struggles, You know our joys and You are ever mindful of us.
Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us enough to die for us, to shed Your precious blood on the cross of Calvary and raising bodily from the grave. Thank You, Lord, that you no longer call us servants but friends and that You are in heaven interceding for us before the Father’s throne.
Holy Spirit, we praise You for Your work in our lives and applying the Word of God to our hearts and transforming us into the image of Christ.
Our Heavenly Father, bless each heart this morning as we worship and adore Thee. Draw us closer and help us to know Thee more and more. Open our minds and hearts to Thy truths and make our wills Thine own.
We pray for those who are the leaders of our nation and state. We pray for those who know not Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We ask Thee, Lord, in speak to their hearts and show them that in and of themselves they do not have the knowledge or wisdom to rule. That they must seek Thy face and search Thy truth.
We desire to worship You in spirit and in truth. It is in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

CHORUS
HE IS LORD

(Played by Pat)




He Is Lord; He Is Lord
He Has Risen From The Dead
And He Is Lord,
Every Knee Shall Bow,
Every Tongue Confess
That Jesus Christ Is Lord.


HYMN
JESUS SAVES #380

(Played by Pat)




We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land,
Climb the mountains, cross the waves;
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Waft it on the rolling tide:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Tell to sinners far and wide:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing, you islands of the sea;
Echo back, you ocean caves;
Earth shall keep her jubilee:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Sing above the battle strife:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout it brightly through the gloom,
When the heart for mercy craves;
Sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free;
Highest hills and deepest caves;
This our song of victory:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!



SCRIPTURE: JOHN 3:1-9

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 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. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 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. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? .


SERMON:

MAY 9Th, 2021: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 

Message: REGENERATION



The English word “regeneration” simply means new birth, renewal or restoration. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5) Regeneration simply means the act of God by which new life is imparted to the person who trusts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Justification gives us a righteous standing before God, regeneration gives us the life of God, the nature of God, in our very being.

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Regeneration does not simply put us back to where we would have been had Adam never sinned. Regeneration is birth into a brand-new life; it is sharing the very life of God. It is not just a reformation. If regeneration were only reformation, then the next time we would sin, we would have lost it. Regeneration is that fact of God whereby the very life of God is communicated to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The classic text on regeneration is John 3:1-9. This passage has been preached upon and taught for over 2 thousand years. It is very familiar to us. There are several facts about regeneration, the new birth, that need to be understood, and they are given to us in this passage.

First of all, we are confronted with the reality of the new birth. The word “born” is used eight times in John 3:1-9. Jesus was talking about a real experience – the reality of the new birth. There are false religions that teach that when one is baptized they are born again, but this is wrong. The new birth is a reality; it is as real an experience as physical birth. If you would interview people who trusted in Jesus Christ, you would find out how real it is. Ask the Apostle Peter, he knew what it was to trust in Jesus Christ and to experience this new birth. In his letters, Peter tells us about this matter of being born again. For instance, just read 1 Peter 1. Notice one verse: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Peter 1:23) The thief on the cross turned to Jesus and said, “Remember me, Lord, when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) Because of his faith in Christ he was born again and Jesus promised him that he would be with Him in paradise. Ask the Apostle Paul. Saul of Tarsus, the leading young Jewish rabbi of his day, was persecuting the church when he met Jesus Christ. He put his faith in Jesus Christ, and he was born again. It was a real experience.

We cannot have peace until we first have righteousness. Justification has to do with righteousness Because Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again, we can have His righteousness when we put our faith in Him. As sinners, we have no righteousness of our own. Our righteousness before God is as filthy rags. (Isa. 64:6) But when we receive His mercy – when we believe in His truth – then righteousness is placed on our account. We are justified; therefore, we have peace. There can be no peace without righteousness. The prophet Isaiah makes this very clear in Isaiah 32:17. “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” So the first mark of justification, as far as our relationship with God is concerned, is that we have peace with God. We do not need to be afraid of God, although we have great reverence for Him. We are no longer at war with Him. We have a peace in our hearts that comes from a clear conscience, a clean heart, a righteous standing before God.

Second, not only is there peace with God, but there is access to God. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, “By whom also we have access by faith.” (Rom. 5:2) The unsaved person has no access to God because they have no standing before God. Those who have been justified by faith have access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We can come to the throne of grace, we can talk to our Heavenly Father, and we can fellowship with Him. This access is by faith and grace. “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” (Rom. 5:2b) Our standing before God is one of grace and not one of Law. Grace means that God provides for us. Grace means God’s resources are available to all Christians. When we come by faith in Christ, we have access to the grace of God. It is a marvelous thing to know that we are living by the grace of God that is sufficient for everything.

When our Lord was ministering here on earth, everybody had some answers to the problems of life. The Romans said the way to solve life’s problems is through law, and you back up that law with the military. The Greeks said, “No, the way to solve problems is with wisdom. People need schools, understanding and philosophy.” Of course, the Jewish people said, “No, the answer is religion and God’s Laws.” But Jesus said, the answer is in the heart. Law will never change the heart; wisdom will never change the heart; religion will never change the heart, but regeneration will. The reality of the new birth, the good news of the Gospel, is this: You can be made new You do not have to stay the way you are; you can be made a new creation. Because there is such a thing as regeneration, you can be born again.

Next is the simplicity of the new birth. Our Lord Jesus Christ used birth as a simple illustration of what happens when a person is saved. Even though he was a great teacher of Israel, Nicodemus unfortunately misunderstood what our Lord was talking about. “How can a man be born when he is old?” he asked Jesus. “Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (John 3:4) Our Lord was talking about something spiritual, but Nicodemus interpreted this as something physical. In John 4, when our Lord was talking to the woman at the well, He talked about living water. He said, “If you ask Me, I will give you water, and you will never be thirsty again.” (John 4:10, 14) He was speaking spiritually, but she took Him literally and materially, and she said, “How can You give me any water? You don’t have a vessel to draw with?” (John 4:11) When Jesus spoke about birth, Nicodemus took him literally. Jesus replied in John 3:5-6: “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh (physical) is flesh.” Our Lord was saying, “Nicodemus, please don’t major on the physical and the material – I’m talking in spiritual terms.

There are two that create this new birth – the Spirit of God and the Word of God, according to James 1:18 and 1 Peter 1:23. “Of his own will begot he us wit the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” (Jam. 1:18) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Pet. 1:23) We are born again by the Word of God, the living Word of God. The Spirit of God takes the Word of God and reveals the Son of God. And when we trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, a miracle takes places in our hearts – regeneration; we are born again. These two that accomplish this birth are the Spirit of God and the Word of God. The Bible makes it very clear in John 1:13 that we are not born of the flesh, we are not born of the will of man, we are not born of our own efforts. “Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” No baby is born of its own effort. No baby can conceive itself. We are born by the Spirit of God.


There is a mystery here. Jesus said in John 3:8, “The wind bloweth where it listeth (will), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” There is a mystery to physical birth; there is a mystery to spiritual birth. But just think of how simple it is: Trust Jesus Christ, and you shall be born again.

A third fact comes to our attention – the dignity of the new birth. The word translated “born again” can be translated “born from above.” We are born children of the King, children of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God.” (1 John 3:1) The dignity of the new birth is an amazing thing. Children like to be proud of their parents. If we have some relative who is somebody important, we like to talk about them. We become name-droppers. You and I share the dignity of the new birth; we are the children of God – the God who created the universe, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are in His family, we share His nature. I have the nature of my parents, my son has my nature. We have God’s nature within because we have been born from above, and this new nature creates a new disposition.

When you are one of God’s children and you share God’s nature, you live the way God wants you to live. God is love, and so we love. God is light, and so we walk as children of light. We share His nature and His life, and people can see the difference in our lives.

And last of all is the urgency of the new birth. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7) This is not a suggestion, this is a command. It is not an idea that we can toy with; it is absolutely urgent – we must be born again. The new birth is instantaneous, it is not a process. There may be a process of preparation; you may have a desire to know God or a concern about getting rid of your sin. But the birth itself is instantaneous, supernatural, and permanent.

When you were born the first time, you entered into the kingdom of sin and Satan. You lived according to the course of this world, and you followed the dictates of Satan. But when you entered the kingdom of God through regeneration, then you became a part of that kingdom which is wonderful, eternal and glorious. The only way to escape eternal judgment is through faith in Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Have you been thinking about this? Has God been talking to you? The reality of the new birth is that you can be change; God will change you when you trust Christ. The simplicity of the new birth is that it is not through religion or good works but through trusting the Savior. Imagine becoming a child of God and enjoying the dignity of the new birth. The urgency of the new birth is that you must be born again. If God has been talking to you about this, then open your heart to Jesus Christ.

Prayer


Lord, we thank You and praise You for so great a salvation. We thank You, Lord, that we can be born again. We pray, Lord, for those who know not Christ as their Savior and Lord. We ask that Thy Spirit would convict their hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of Thee. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved



MY SAVIOR’S LOVE #448 (played by Pat)


I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
Refrain:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

. For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine. (Refrain)

In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night. (Refrain)

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered and died alone. (Refrain)

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me. (Refrain)