Posted tagged ‘Regeneration’

What No Ear Has Heard

October 3, 2011

The video below has gone viral, with over four million hits on YouTube.  You can read all about it here.  Sarah Churman, deaf for her entire life, hears her own voice for the fist time in 29 years after being given a hearing implant. I could not help after watching this video but think about the following verse:

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those whom love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).

These things, Paul goes on to say, have been revealed to us through the Spirit.   As amazing as it is to hear your own voice with your own ears (and it is truly amazing), just think of how much more amazing it is to have your ears opened to hear not your voice, but the voice of God!  And should such amazement not bring us to tears of joy and thrill our hearts all the more?

As we have been informed in Proverbs, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both” (Prov. 20:12), and that applies both physically and spiritually.  Praise the Spirit of Him who has revealed to us what no ear as heard!

“In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear.” – Psalm 40:6

Faith is the consequence, not the cause, of the new birth.

February 27, 2010

John Piper (and John Stott) on 1 John 5:1 . . .

A Follow Up Question

January 25, 2009

Following up on my last question (I’m going somewhere with this), allow me to ask a follow-up question for your consideration as well:

“If there is no life in Christ apart from love for Christ, how does one come to have a love for Christ?”

Discuss. 🙂

Paul Washer, Decisional Regeneration, and First Baptist Woodstock

November 21, 2008

Paul Washer doesn’t play around in preaching, nor does he live in shades of gray.

What is fascinating about Washer’s preaching is that it continually dominates the charts on SermonAudio and attracts thousands through YouTube videos (his “shocking” sermon has nearly 900,000 visitors) while at the same time is never asked to come back and preach at many of the churches he was previously invited.  But what really caught my attention is that Washer was invited to speak at Deeper Conference which was being held at First Baptist Church Woodstock where Johnny Hunt, president of the SBC, is senior pastor.  The Deeper Conference was put on by The Way of the Master guys who had done conferences at Woodstock in years past; nevertheless, the fact Paul Washer was going to preach in the pulpit of the church where the John 3:16 Conference was held–a pulpit that has been grasped by just about every anti-Calvinist in the SBC–is no small thing.

So what was Washer going to say?  Was he going to water down the message, go gray, play politics, etc.? Nope.  In fact, he took on the invitation system and the doctrine of decisional regeneration behind it, showing the folly and unbiblical nature of them.  I can remember sitting through Bailey Smith “Real Evangelism” Conferences in years past shrinking in the pew when preacher after preacher would scoff and ridicule the doctrines of grace and often manipulate people into praying the sinner’s prayer. I cannot help but think that all the stagecraft of years past was exposed on the very platform on which it has been practiced.

To download Washer’s sermon from the Deeper Conference click here (you will need to submit your email address to download it).  Below is the sermon at Woodstock in its entirety (1hr 7min).

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Reducing the Need for Church Discipline by Paul Washer (Part 2)
Missions and the Miracle of Conversion by Paul Washer
Evidences of the Miracle of Conversion by Paul Washer (Part 1)
Evidences of the Miracle of Conversion by Paul Washer (Part 2)

Resources on the New Birth

December 4, 2007

The new birth, or regeneration, is an important doctrine for those who consider themselves to be “born-again Christians.” I would like to point you to two resources of late that have focused on this particular subject.

1. The Free Grace Broadcaster, a quarterly publication of Mt. Zion Chapel Library (Pensacola, FL), has their current issue (Winter 2007) focusing on the new birth. Here are the table of contents:

a. “The New Birth Defined” by William Plumer
b. “The Spirit That Breathes Life” by Octavius Winslow
c. “The Necessity of the New Birth” by Arthur W. Pink
d. “Biblical Terms of the New Birth” by John Gill
e. “New Birth, Repentance, and Faith” by James Buchanan
f. “New Birth, New Creature” by Octavius Winslow
g. “The Marks of the New Birth” by J.C. Ryle
h. “The Eternal and Efficient Cause of the New Birth” by John Gill
i. “The New Birth and the Preacher’s Obligation” by John Owen
j. “The Necessity of the Spirit’s Work” by C.H. Spurgeon

2. John Piper has recently started a series on the new birth entitled, “You Must Be Born Again.” Piper explains, “We will begin with “What Is Regeneration?” The other messages will deal with: Why is it necessary? How does it happen? What are the evidences that it has happened?” To date, Piper has preached three messages:

a. “You Must Be Born Again
b. “What Happens in the New Birth?” Part 1
c. “What Happens in the New Birth?” Part 2

Stay tuned to Desiring God’s blog for updates on future messages in this series.