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The video podcast on 'New Life' from John 1:12-13 describes what a believer needs to do to become a follower of Christ and the results of believing in Jesus: security, hope, love and guidance from God the Father. All the things that they would want are found as a child in God's family.
Click the video podcast below to start or download here separately to view in own or larger screen. Study questions are provided below.
“12 But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13, NASB).
John 1:12-13 speaks simply about how a person comes to be a believer and part of God's family.
Here are the major concepts in review question format. We understand that these questions can get a bit difficult as they involve interpretation. If you need to, view the video again or write.
Even better, find a mentor to work with you as you work through these questions.
Study Questions for New Life - John 1:12-13
Can you explain through John 1:12-13 the two aspects of a person coming to know Jesus as their Savior?
Why is there so much emphasis on Jesus for salvation? Can a person be saved through another means?
What special significance does being called a child of God have?
What changes take place in our lives when we are born of God (John 1:13)?
What special significance do the words 'gave the right' have to the believer? (John 1:12)
How does a person not become a child of God?
Explain each applicable phrase in John 1:13 the best you can.
Perhaps most importantly, are you a believer? When did this happen? Write down your testimony on what brought you to know God through Jesus and what happened because of this.
Are you part of a local assembly of believers? If not, seek one out by prayer. Find a church that loves God's Word, exalts Jesus as Savior and Lord and stresses missions and evangelism.
Have you ever told others about Jesus? God uses His children (you as a believer) to invite others into His family. We cannot make a person believe but bring the Word of God so the Spirit of God brings new life. Seek God for more opportunities to share your faith with others.
The new believer should be greatly comforted to find that he or she is not just a member because of some application but belongs to God's family as an actual child of God because he was born of God. God wants us in His family and will forever take care of us. Once a child of God, always a child of God.
Further BFF reading or viewing:
Read more on gaining a new life.
You want to better understand the new life? Read or view The New Birth & Evangelism, Another Look at How to Share the Gospel or Witness . Why not listen to this podcast?
Wonder about how to effectively read God's Word? We have a whole series on this, Meeting with God.