How would you describe your current experience as a Christian?

Summary:  In order to fully know God’s purpose for your life you must be regenerated and participate in God’s full salvation.

A. Man’s Regeneration

Read  John 3:3 

          • What does it mean to be born again?
          • Why is being born again a prerequisite to seeing the kingdom of God?
There are three steps to be born again:

1.  Repent 

Read Matthew 4:17

              • What does it mean to repent?
              • Why does the bible tell us to repent?

2. Believe

Read John 1:12

              • How does a person become a child of God?
              • What does it mean to receive Christ?

3. Confess

Read Romans 10:9

              • Have you believed in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead?
              • Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord?
As a group, take a moment to pray this prayer:

“Lord Jesus! I am a sinner.
I need You.
Come into my spirit.
Take away my sin.
Fill me that I may have the life of God.
I receive You right now as my Savior and life.
I give myself to You.
I ask this in Your name, Amen!”

B. God’s Full Salvation

Be Baptized:

Read  Mark 16:16

            • Why does the bible tell us to believe and be baptized?

After regeneration, God begins the lifelong process of gradually spreading Himself as life from the believer’s spirit into his soul.

            • What is transformation? What part of our being, spirit, soul, or body is being renewed and transformed?
            • According to Romans 8:29-30, why did God predestine us? 
            • How do these verses, along with what we’ve discussed already, show God’s dispensing Himself into the three parts of our being?
      • Consider the four lessons in this series on the mystery of human life. How does God’s full salvation show God’s purpose for our life?
      • Share one thing that impressed you from the verses we read in this lesson. 
      • In what way is the truth presented in the Bible about God’s full salvation different from other influences in your life (such as your family, culture, peers, church, etc.)?
      • In light of what we have discussed, how can we pray for each other right now?
Consider one person in your life who needs the Lord.  How can we bring Christ to them this week?
Some examples of ways to bring Christ to people:
      • Pray that their hearts would be soft and opened.
      • If the opportunity presents itself, tell them what you learned this week about what the Bible says concerning man’s regeneration and God’s full salvation.
      • Show them they matter to you by spending quality time with them (e.g. workout, get lunch, study together, etc.) 
      • Encourage them through a phone call, video call, or text message.
      • Ask for their perspective about things going on around them in the world. 

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