Teenz Ministry is dedicated to transforming the lives of teens in this city and to raising a generation of world changers. The ministry is run by a team of dedicated ministry staff, who not only mentor the teens, but also encourage a culture of prayer and offer counseling services to them.
Mission: To be a community of young people who love God and love each other with a genuine Godly love.
Vision: To have teens that can boldly share their faith in order to draw men to the kingdom of God through missions.
BORN AGAIN? … REMAIN IN CHRIST!
One of the ways for us believers to know that we are in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, is when we “believe, accept and remain in Christ Jesus.”See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.” (1 John 2:24).
John 15:4 says “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
After a person believes in Christ and is forgiven, he or she receives eternal life and the power to remain in Christ. Given that power, the believer must then accept that responsibility in salvation and remain in Christ. The word remain here also means to continue, to abide or live. Just as the branch has life only as long as the life of vine flows into it, so believers have Christ’s life only as long as Christ’s life flows into them through their remaining in Christ.
The conditions by which we remain in Christ are;
1.) Keeping God’s Word continually in our hearts and minds and making it the guide for our actions (John 15:7, Psalm 119:9)
2.) Maintaining the habit of constant intimate communion with Christ in order to draw strength from him. (John 15:7)
3.) Obeying his commands, remaining in his love and loving each other. (John 15:10,12,17)
4.) Keeping our lives clean through the Word, resisting all sin and yielding to the Spirit’s direction. (Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:26)
John 3:3 says “In reply Jesus declared, ” I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
Jesus talks abiut spiritual birth. That without the new birth, one cannot see the kingdom of God, that is, recieve eternal life and salvation through Jesus Christ. Let us consider the following concerning Regeneration of believers (the New Birth).
1. Regeneration is a recreating and transformation of the person by God the Holy Spirit. Through this process eternal life from God himself is imparted to the believer’s heart, and he or she becomes a child of God and a new person. He or she no longer conforms to this world but is now “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
2. Regeneration is necessary because apart from Christ, all people, in their inherent natures, are sinners, incapable of obeying and pleasing God. (Romans 8:7-8; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:3)
3. Regeneration comes to those who repent of sin, turn to God, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior. (Matthew 3:2; John 1:12).
4. Regeneration involves a transition from an old life of sin to a new life of obedience to Jesus Christ. Those who are truly born again are set free from sin’s bondage and they receive a spiritual desire and disposition to obey God and follow the leading of the Spirit. They live righteous lives, love other believers, avoid a life of sin and do not love be the world. (1 John 2:29; 1 John 4:7; 39; 5:18; 2:15-16).
5. Those born of God cannot make sin a habitual practice in their lives. They can not remain born again without a sincere desire and victorious endeavor to please God and to avoid evil. This is accomplished only through a dependence on the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2-14; John 15:4; 1 John 1:5-7)
6. Those who live in immorality and follow the world’s ways, no matter what they profess with their lips, demonstrate that they are still unregenerated children of Satan (1 John 3:6-10).
7.Just as one can be born of the Spirit by receiving the life of God, he or she can also extinguish that life by ungodly choices and unrighteous living, and therefore die spiritually. Scriptures affirms, “if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die” (Romans 8:13). Thus, sin and the refusal to follow the Holy Spirit extinguish the life of God in the believer’s soul and cause spiritual death and exclusion from Gods kingdom. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 6:4-6).
8. The new birth can not be equated with physical birth, for God’s relationship with the believer is a matter of spirit rather than flesh (John 3:6). Therefore, while the physical tie of a father and child can never be annulled, the father and child relationship that God desires with us is voluntary and indissoluble during our time here on earth. That relationship remains conditional on our faith in Christ throughout our earthly existence, a faith demonstrated by live of sincere obedience and love (Romans 8:12-14; 2 Titus 2:12)
Kindly take time to answer the following questions and send your feedback to email@example.com
1. Can people who have God’s life in them (born of God) go on (continue) sinning? Explain.
2. What keeps the faithful from sinning? Explain.
3. As per this lesson, what characterizes you as a true child of God?
4. What makes you remain in Christ?
5. Are you born again? Why did you give your life to Christ?