• A Permanent Birth by

    Ironically, we can become so afraid of losing something that we no longer fully enjoy having it. This is true in both everyday affairs and in spiritual matters. People will sometimes keep a prized possession out of harm’s way …

  • A Transforming Birth by

    When God saves a sinner from His wrath and curse, He creates a new person. Yet, we will never be completely sinless in this life; in fact, sometimes it can feel like we are getting worse. As we grow in …

  • A Saving Birth by

    Although the doctrine of salvation is an important topic of discussion among Christians, there is an alarming amount of disagreement regarding what the Bible actually teaches about salvation. One area of confusion concerns why salvation is necessary at all. Although …

  • A Promised Birth by

    As John’s gospel shows, Nicodemus was taken utterly off guard by Jesus’ teachings about the new birth. A natural response might have been to ask Jesus where He had come up with these peculiar ideas about grown men being …

  • A Monergistic Birth by

    The previous lesson discussed God’s sovereignty in bringing about the new birth. As we examine what Scripture says about the way that God sovereignly works in bringing a person to faith, we encounter the truth that the new birth …

  • A Sovereign Birth by

    Contemporary culture prizes independence and autonomy. The spirit of the day is one of self-determination and personal fulfillment, in which all people—at least in theory—are free to go where they please, do what they want, be who they …

  • A Comprehensive Birth by

    The human need for regeneration arises from more than the need for forgiveness of sins. As a result of the fall, humans are totally depraved. This does not mean that every person is as evil as he or she could …

  • A Cleansing Birth by

    God’s redemptive purpose is to transform the entire person into the image of Jesus Christ. Because humanity’s fall into sin has had a pervasive polluting effect upon human nature, God’s grace also extends to every part of …

  • A Supernatural Birth by

    In current times, we may associate the term “supernatural” with many different things. In pop culture, the word “supernatural” might evoke thoughts of fairy tales, mythology, science fiction movies, or other stories where the realities that govern our daily existence …

  • A Necessary Birth by

    In this lecture, Dr. Steve Lawson will begin to expound what the Bible says about spiritual birth. As we begin this study, Scripture confronts us with the reality that being born again is the necessary gateway to the kingdom of …

  • A Scriptural Birth by

    Words carry power. When an idea is articulately expressed in words, it possesses the ability both to persuade and to call people to action. In fact, the well-known expression “the pen is mightier than the sword” is a tribute to …

  • An Instantaneous Birth by

    One of the most mysterious aspects of the new birth is the instantaneous way in which the Holy Spirit brings it about. For some people, new birth has been an instant transformation; individuals who have long been hostile or indifferent …

  • Irresistible Call (Part 1) by

    The image of conception and birth does not need much explanation. On the contrary, as human beings we understand vividly and fully the passive activity of the infant in birth. At no time does the baby possess any decision or …

  • Irresistible Call (Part 2) by

    Popular culture generally depicts sheep as cuddly, peaceful animals. Yet, those who have spent even a small amount of time around sheep know that they are stubborn, wayward, smelly, and sometimes even vicious. This truth makes Jesus’ comparison to His …

  • Q&A with R.C. Sproul & Ligonier Teaching Fellows (May 19, 2011) by , , , ,

    On May 19, 2011, R.C. Sproul was joined by Ligonier Teaching Fellows Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson and R.C. Sproul Jr. to answer questions submitted by online viewers. In this round-table discussion, these men addressed topics such …