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Grace and the New Birth

We believe

a. That in order to be saved, sinners must be born again,  (Jn 3:3, 7)

b. That the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus,  (II Cor 5:17)

c. That it is instantaneous and not a process,  (Acts 16:20-33;  I Jn 5:1)

d. That in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God,  (II Pet 1:4;  Rom 6:23)

e. That the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel,  (Jas 1:18;  Eph 2:1, 5;  Col 2:13;  Jn 3:8)

f. That its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.  (I Thess 1:9;  Rom 1:8;  II Cor 5:17)


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