A New Life in Christ.
When we gave our lives to Christ, a new person was born (John 3:3). Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus asked Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus, of course, was not speaking of physical birth, but spiritual birth. Jesus goes on to say (John 5:24), “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My Word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” Here, Jesus is referring to the new life that occurs in the birth of the spirit within each of us. Spiritual birth is one of the many things that distinguish a Christian from believers in other religions. It is an important occurrence because having spiritual birth is necessary for believers to have a relationship with God.
Spiritual Growth is the Christian’s goal.
Once we have been reborn, spiritual growth is essential in the life of the believer. In order to grow, we must study God’s word, spend time in prayer and meditation and take what we learn from the knowledge and the promises of God and apply it to our daily lives. Think of training a child. There is much we have to teach our children about the world, community, family, morals, faith, responsibility, general education, etc. The same is true of our Father. He wants to teach each of us how to grow spiritually. Through our spiritual growth, our relationship with our Father will deepen.
Our Spiritual Helper.
The Apostle Paul adds to our understanding of spiritual development when he states (1 Corinthians 3:1,2), “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I give you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able.” As with a child, our spiritual growth takes time. There are many things that God wants to teach us and He provides us with help. Jesus states (John 14:26), “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you”. Before the Helper can teach us, we must first experience spiritual birth.
Newness of Life: A Bible Study.
If then, a central goal of our Christian life is to develop our relationship with God, how can this be accomplished? What is our responsibility in the development of this relationship? The answer lies in building a greater understanding of the Word of God and a commitment to prayer. A Bible study such as Newness Of Life can provide a firm foundation for future spiritual growth and understanding. The purpose of this website is to meet every individual where they are – whether a ‘babe’ in Christ or a mature ‘saint’ – and to provide support for their spiritual growth.
What if you have not received Christ as Lord and Savior?
You are welcome to study this material. It may be difficult for non-Christians for two reasons. One, you need to have experienced spiritual birth and two, God, The Holy Spirit helps those who have experienced spiritual birth to understand His teachings.
You will learn about God’s plan for your redemption and how to become saved. What if you need reassurance of your salvation? You will study God’s promise of forgiveness and assurance. 1 John 5:11-12, “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” The word ‘life’ in these verses is your spiritual life.