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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3, NIV)

So you’ve become a Christian.  You said a prayer.  You made a commitment.  But what actually happened?  What caused you to make this commitment when you did?  Why did you do it when you did and not at some other time – either when you were younger, or at some point later on in your life?

Peter goes straight to the explanation: “He has given us new birth” (1:3), or in other words, “You have been born again.”  There is a great deal of confusion today over what is meant by this phrase ’born again.’  People sometimes ask: “Are you a born again Christian?” as if this was just one brand among many.

When the Bible says that you have been ‘born again,’ it means that God has brought a deep change at the very center of your being.  He has given you a new nature, which means that you have a new disposition, a new appetite, and new capacities.  We will explore together this peculiar change of nature that occurs in the life of every Christian.

How would you answer the question: “Are you a born-again Christian?”  And what does this phrase mean to you?

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