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What the Bible Teaches About Being Born Again

By Gary Brady
December 2008 | Review by John Palmer

Synopsis

In many parts of the world today you will meet people who say they are born again Christians . Numerous individuals claim to be reborn or regenerate . Every so often, the media report that some celebrity or other has been born again . Pollsters suggest that as many as 80-90 million Americans claim to be born again. This book is written with the intention of helping those who want to study the subject from a biblical point of view. If, as we believe, the new birth is entering a new world, a new state of existence , with a new capacity for action then it is something we all need to know about and something we all need to understand clearly, whether we have experienced it or not.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346747
  • Pages: 175
  • Price: £7.99
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Book Review

Some of the great teachings of Christianity have surprisingly little written about them. The ‘new birth’ is one of these neglected areas, which is why this book is very welcome.

Gary Brady sets out the doctrine of the new birth, first positively – and then negatively in the light of current misconceptions. Having explained other biblical pictures of regeneration, he tells us why it is necessary to be ‘born again’ and explains that it is a work of God.

He next deals with the ‘evidences’ of regeneration (the fruit it bears in a person’s life) and its place in the order of salvation. Then he considers its significance for eternity and ends with a plea for non-Christians to take this truth seriously and to seek God’s mercy.

This is a comprehensive treatment for a small book. Throughout, the author quotes the relevant Scriptures and many other writers, old and new, including confessions of faith and hymns.

The style is that of mutual exploration, the material having originated in a series of midweek church Bible studies. The book is clearly written and easily readable.

Matters on which Christians disagree, such as the connection of the new birth with effectual calling, or its timing in relation to conversion, are well argued in a brief compass. The necessity and marks of the new birth, and its origin in God’s will, are clearly and helpfully set out here.

This is an excellent book for anyone, believer or unbeliever, who seriously wants to know what God says in his Word about being born again.

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