Are You Born Again?
It has been my pleasure to preach recently on John 3:1-21. These verses record Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, but Jesus’ words remain applicable to us today. The words Jesus spoke to Nicodemus two thousand years ago, he speaks to us today. Jesus, who knows everybody perfectly (Jn. 2:23-25), knows Nicodemus’s (and our!) greatest need: salvation, and he addresses that need. Nicodemus, a Pharisee, is relying on his good works to save him, but those good works will not save him (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:20). Knowing this, Jesus tells Nicodemus (and us!) three things that must mark a true citizen of the kingdom of God: To enter the kingdom of God and be eternally saved,
- we must be born again, from above (vv. 1-8);
- we must believe in Jesus, trusting him to save us from our sins (vv. 9-18); and
- we must prove our faith by appropriate actions (vv. 19-21).
The video for this sermon, which I originally preached at Calvary Baptist Church on May 20, is below.