Baptism and a Regenerate Church membership
1. What is regeneration? Is it the same as salvation?
Regeneration is the work wrought by the Holy Spirit in which He imparts a new spiritual life to us and we become a new creature.
Read Ezekiel 36:26-27
In the prophet’s words, who is doing the work? What will be different about those whom God acts upon?
Read John 1:11-13
What is the activity of those who became the children of God? Who is doing the work again?
Read John 3: 1-8
From the story of Nicodemus, who are those who will see the kingdom? Who, again, does the work?
What do we know about the regenerate?
2 Cor 5:1-7, Eph 2:1
Four aspects of conversion leading to regeneration (or is it the other way around?)
John 16:8-11, Luke 23:40-43
2 Cor 7:10
I John 1:8-9
2. What is the purpose of a regenerate Church membership? What does this assure about the local congregation?
I Cor 3: 1-9
Worldliness leads to jealousy and dissention.
I Cor 12:12-27
We are all part of one body; missing parts harm the whole body.
The regenerate are to be on guard for the wolves that will come
Eph 4: 11-16
The positions in the church are given to build the body up. Infants are tossed about by waves.
3. Why should only believers be baptized?
Meaning of Baptism:
4. How should baptism be conducted?
Matthew 3: 13-17