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Wesley on Regeneration (Part 1)

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Lesson

Wesley teaches that justifying grace is imputed by God and regenerating grace is imparted by God. When Wesley refers to, “divine empowerment,” he means that the Holy Spirit gives believers the power to live in obedience to God. Wesley describes regeneration as the great work which God does in us, in renewing our fallen nature and the beginning of sanctification. Regeneration itself is a result of free grace. Only God can make a soul holy and fill it with the Holy Spirit. He also emphasizes the importance of holy living. “Faith alone, working by love, aimed at holy living.” Wesley linked regeneration with the doctrine of original sin. Since we were born in sin, we must be born again. Wesley describes the new birth as a vast change from darkness to light. Orthodoxy is important, but it’s crucial that regeneration also leads to life transformation.

Outline

I. Regenerating Grace as the Favor and Power of God

II. Defining Regeneration

A. The new birth is a necessary change

B. The new birth is a vast change

C. The new birth is a crucial change

1. Leads to a changed life, not just orthodoxy

2. Necessary to enter the kingdom of God

3. Practicing religion or the means of grace not a substitute for the new birth

III. Questions and Answers