Over 270 searchable teachings on the weekly readings, healing prayer and congregational development for church leaders, home churches and those who want to go deeper in their spiritual life in Christ. Available on Holy Cross Anglican YouTube channel June-August 2021.
The story of Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3.1-17) shows us the difference between a Biblical or spiritual world view and what most people think. It is the key story for people who want nothing to do with "Religion" but want to have an authentic experience of the divine - a spiritual life. As we examine our spiritual lives in Lent it is important that we enter this conversation and ask ourselves if we really believe in being born again and the Holy Spirit. This is different from knowing about the Holy Spirit and generally the result of a personal experience of being "Born Again" and experiencing the Holy Spirit in daily life.
for Christian Baptism are asked some very heavy questions
This question comes as part of the examination of the candidates / sponsors and is part of the Apostles
Creed in the Baptism Service. It is after the questions about renouncing Satan
and evil and after the questions about accepting, trusting
and obeying Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Nicodemus could not answer this question
about being Born Again and receiving the Holy Spirit.
·For him Baptism was water baptism and
·For him you had to earn a right relationship
with God by keeping the Law of Moses
·Romans Reading explains the difference
between salvation by works vs by grace through faith
·The Apostles Creed summarizes this Faith
·Nicodemus was highly educated but could not
understand what Jesus meant by being ‘born again’
·Many Anglicans in our time have the same
·We need to examine our own faith to prepare for our renewal of Baptismal promises
2.Serious Baptism preparation is essential
in our time
We were raised and live in a
·Post-Modern philosophy is seriously
·Followed the Enlightenment – rejected
·Kant – “Religion Within the Limits of Reason
·Post Modernism – rejects absolute truth
·Yes this is ‘nuts’ - very upsetting and
denies the truth and authority of the Bible – especially miracles, Resurrection, Atonement
·Affected universities and seminaries that
·Liberal – Conservative debates in Anglican
·Challenges us to re-gain the Biblical
perspective of Jesus and know:
·Why we still have to renounce Satan?
·Why we need a saviour?
·What does it mean to be born again?
·Why we believe in God the Holy Spirit?
3.Why do we still have to renounce Satan?
·Biblical worldview includes the supernatural
·Cannot cut out or tone down without
destroying the Bible
·Bad news is Satan still lives on this demon
·Not just a superstitious myth from
·Healing ministry includes releasing people from spiritual oppression
·Have to see this to really believe it – so
give yourself time
·Power of Satan is limited by God – read Job
·Has no power except to deceive us into
·Our sin opens a doorway and gives Satan power
·We have the power to renounce and cancel
·Why Jesus had to die
·In Baptism we make a choice about who we will
·Baptismal Covenant places us under divine
4.Why do we need a saviour?
have a spiritual enemy (Satan) who tests us
are human and fail to love God and others
sins make us guilty and separate us from God
a way to undo the damage
promised that if we repented in faith and asked for forgiveness He would cover
our guilt with His shed blood
5.What does it mean to be born again?
Baptism we die to our old self-centred way of life
emotional death cancels past guilt and shame
c.Are cleansed - Holy Spirit can come and live
d.Holy Spirit gives us spiritual energy of joy,
e.Holy Spirit teaches, guides and protects us – new life
Spirit gives us a new spiritual life
a.A new way of seeing things – new perspective
b.Live in the physical world – aware of the spiritual
c.W are to be signs of God’s love living in a
d.This is the spiritual life we are given by
the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit is how we experience God in our daily lives