“We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”

J.I. Packer

If you have been a church goer for very long you most likely have heard a sermon proclaiming that a person is born again by having faith in Jesus Christ. However, this idea finds no support in the Holy Scriptures. It is true that a person must have faith in Jesus Christ to be saved or justified (Romans 3:22, 25, 26; Galatians 2:16). However, a person must be born again before he can receive the faith to be saved. And we played no more a part in being born again of the Spirit than we did being born initially of the flesh. How then is a person born again? The answer: A person is born again by a sovereign act of God’s grace. Continue reading