What we believe and teach

- The new birth -



Man is dead in his sins and he is on the way that leads to destruction, and therefore he needs to be regenerated spiritually to enter the Kingdom of God. This spiritual regeneration is called new birth. Jesus spoke about it to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, when He said to him that unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God. The new birth is experienced by a man when he repents of his sins and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, that is to say, when he believes that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and was raised the third day for our justification. A person who has been born again feels forgiven by God and reconciled to God; he is sure he has become a son of God because the Spirit of God bears witness with his spirit that he is a child of God; and he is absolutely sure he has eternal life, and therefore he is no longer afraid of death, knowing that when he dies he will depart from this world and enter the paradise of God in heaven. Furthermore, he perceives that he has become a new person inwardly, with new wishes and new thoughts. This change is clearly noticed by those who know what kind of person he was prior to his new birth. He has a peace and a joy which he did not have before; this peace and this joy are the fruit of the Spirit that God has put into his heart. By the new birth man becomes a member of the Body of Christ, that is, the Church of God, for he is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ; and a new life begins, a life full of divine blessings, but also full of sufferings, through which his faith will be tested. Therefore whoever is born again must stand firm in the faith, being strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, in order to stand the various tests and to receive in that day the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.