November 20, 2020
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A Conversation about Birthdays
Today is Joe Biden’s 78th birthday – which got me thinking not only about birthdays but re-birthdays.
When is your rebirthday? Do you have a rebirthday?
What I witnessed in worship on a Sunday in Malawi: everyone whose rebirthday falls in the upcoming week comes forward. They don’t celebrate birthdays – which are often not recorded. But they celebrate rebirthdays with great enthusiasm. They celebrate the adoption of every believer into the family of God. They sing and rejoice and then they pray that today would be the rebirthday for others – that others would come to be reborn into a living hope.
Where do they (and we) get the rebirthday premise from… and really, from WHOM do we all get it from?
John 3 – Nicodemus, Jesus and the Need to be Born Again
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Are you a Galatians 2:20 person, dead to sin AND ALIVE in Christ?
Too many Christians walking around like the living dead – we’re not the living dead, we’re the dead LIVING!
So then, if you are a Christian, then live into your life as a reborn person because you are a new creation, the old has passed away!
If you are not a Christian, set whole life on Jesus by believing in Him and you too will be born again into a living hope, one of eternal life!
Matthew Hawkins – Public Theologian/Former Policy Director for the ERLC
Welcome back to one of our favorite public theologians, M.T. Hawk! We talk with him about religious freedom and the arguments taking shape around executive orders, an article from Christianity Today titled, Evangelicals and Muslims: Not Brothers but Best Friends! Check him out on Twitter: @mthawk
Alan Crippen – Chief of Exhibits, Programs, and Public Engagement for the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
Alan joins us to discuss the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center soon to be opening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This center highlights for us for us the reality the the Bible is actually the primary founding document of the United States of America. Hear more of our discussion and check out their website for updates below!