WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

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I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 16:15-18 Opening Remarks I believe many Christians have a...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

Robert D. Pace LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Ephesians 4:17--24 The mind is incredible.  It can...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of the...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

A Witch

Dr. Mark Hardgrove 1 Samuel 28:1 INTRODUCTION The nation of Israel wanted a king. Samuel had been...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Who is Jesus Christ? Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

The Power of Life and Death

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One of today’s...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

  Robert D Pace Partnership with God Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST Ephesians 2:8--9 Robert D. Pace Years ago a...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? Robert D. Pace In recent years, the...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

A REVELATION OF GOD

  Robert D Pace A Revelation of God God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration devotionals A Brand Plucked from the Fire Robert D. Pace Near the close of...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

Robert D. Pace Conquering the Spirit of Containment Genesis 12:1--3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Robert D. Pace Shamgar's Oxgoad Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing because...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

YOU CAN KNOW!

Pulpit Today Sermons How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours! 1...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18--21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:11-13 A sermon dealing with what should be...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Johann von Dannecker was the famed...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

USAFORISRAEL

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I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

  Robert D Pace I Will Show You Great and Unsearchable Things Jeremiah 33:1--3 Opening Remarks I...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

Malchus

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Most...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Practicing the Peace of God I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

Robert D. Pace "Jesus was a Palestinian!" That’s now the official pronouncement of the Palestinian...

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The Fear of God Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6--7 We don’t hear much talk about “the fear of God”...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

Robert D. Pace THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...
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The Days of Noah Return

The Days of Noah . . . RETURN! by Robert D Pace Moses’ staff parts the Red Sea. Manna falls in the...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders Why this is Important for Christians...

TEAR IT DOWN!

TEAR IT DOWN! Jeremiah 1:4--10 Robert D. Pace Before converting to Christ, Christians are at best...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

Part II The Parousia of Christ The Appearance of the Antichrist 2 Thessalonians 2:1—12 by Robert D...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

  God's Final Message to Mankind Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks I want to begin with a...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Robert D. Pace How to Overcome Temptation Genesis 22:1--14 Life is full of temptations and tests....

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace Isaiah 7:14 I want to begin by defining the Virgin Birth. In the simplest terms, it...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Robert D. Pace HOLY FIRE: WHERE IS IT? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, a...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

YOUR POWER TO DISCERN THE DAYS

Pulpit Today Sermons Your Power to Discern the Days Matthew 16:1–3 by Robert D Pace Jesus was...

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

  Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start by sharing...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

  Robert D Pace The Mystery of the Anointing 1 Peter 4:10--11 I want everyone here to say the...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Jesus Christ Heals! Acts 9:31--35 Robert D. Pace If you opened the medicine...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born Again. It’s a term people freely use. Politicians have employed the phrase to bolster their campaigns; athletes claim to be “Born Again” because it makes them marketable. Even the music industry has sung about a “Born Again” experience.

(Definition) I want to give you an idea of what Americans consider the Born Again experience does form them. This comes from the Barna Research Group: Born Again Christians are people that say they “have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.”[1]

I can say “Amen” to that, but it still doesn’t explain what it means to be Born Again. And that’s what I want to talk about in today’s message. The term, “Born Again,” isn’t new. Jesus introduced the concept to Nicodemus centuries ago and I want to investigate three aspects of the Born Again experience.

(Transition) First, let’s note that according to Jesus the New Birth is essential for entering the Kingdom of God.

I.    The New Birth is Essential for Entering the Kingdom of God

John 3 opens with Nicodemus approaching Jesus, “the light of the world” under the veil of darkness. John says, Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, probably when Jesus was at rest in someone’s home.

For years commentators have speculated why Nicodemus approached Jesus at night rather than during the day. The Bible gives us every reason to believe Nicodemus was a man of character and distinction, and since that is the case, why did he seek a nocturnal visit with the Savior? There are three prevalent views.

Some commentators believe fear motivated this nighttime appointment. Nicodemus was a member of the esteemed Sanhedrin Court, the highest governing judicial body of the Jews. Had Nicodemus visited Christ during the daylight hours, it could have brought his excommunication from that 70 member Supreme Court. I have my doubts that this is why Nicodemus approached Christ at night. And it’s because Jesus was never reluctant to rebuke fear or unbelief. Jesus had the perfect opportunity to scold Nicodemus for a fearful nightly visit; but He didn’t! Furthermore, at Calvary Nicodemus displayed unabashed bravery by asking Pilate for the crucified Body of Christ. There’s nothing in the Bible that indicates Nicodemus was fearful.

But there is another view: Some theologians presume a nighttime visitation ensured an undisturbed audience with Christ. During daylight the multitudes thronged Jesus—they even mobbed Him. The Rabbi’s used to say: “Night is the best time to study, one is free from the distractions of the world.”[2] Perhaps Nicodemus confronted Christ at a late hour because he wanted time without distractions. This seems plausible to me.

Thirdly, some surmise Nicodemus’ pm visit was to avoid convicting Jesus as being a false prophet. The Sanhedrin was judicially empowered to prosecute heretics, and had Nicodemus publicly visited Christ some Jews could have construed that as convicting Him of heresy.

(Transition) We’ll never precisely know what spurred this evening visitation but whatever the answer, Nicodemus certainly experienced a dramatic, life-changing transformation. Let’s examine this encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus.

Nicodemus’ Encounter with Christ

1.      First, I want you to notice how Nicodemus reverenced Christ.

“Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him” (3:2). He initiated the conversation by referring to Christ as, “Rabbi,” meaning, “Master.”

In verse one Nicodemus is described as being “a man of the Pharisees . . . [and] a ruler of the Jews.” History records him as a Rabbi, and as mentioned, a member of the Sanhedrin Court. One scholar says Nicodemus was one of Jerusalem’s three wealthiest men. And Scripture attests to his prosperity in John 19:39 when it pictures him bringing about seventy-five pounds of myrrh and aloes to anoint Christ’s corpse. Only an affluent man could afford such extravagance. But here, it’s this man of wealth, character, and nobility that refers to Christ as his superior, elder, and master when he calls Christ, “Rabbi.

2.      Secondly, Nicodemus called Him “a teacher sent from God” (3:2). Rabbis were also teachers, but Nicodemus distinguished Christ as a teacher with a divine appointment—being “sent from God.

3.      He then called Christ a miracle-worker (3:2). None of the Jewish leaders performed miracles when Jesus stepped on the scene. So Nicodemus recognized Christ as possessing a power neither he nor his contemporaries possessed. Any of today’s ministers would have relished the introduction Nicodemus offered.

I believe Nicodemus was being sincere with his accolades. There’s nothing about Nicodemus that indicates he was given to hype. I believe he carefully chose his words to glorify Christ. There’s heart-felt sincerity in this eloquent introduction Nicodemus offered. And Jesus took Nicodemus seriously. But without contradicting any accolade Jesus addressed the more pressing issue. Perhaps Jesus rose from the sofa where He reclined and said: “Nicodemus I appreciate your remarks, but here is why you came to see me: “unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (3:3).

Now that’s strong! The only means of seeing and entering God’s kingdom is through the New Birth. And it’s imperative to notice the very person Jesus addressed to introduce this concept of the New Birth. Actually, it’s important whom Jesus wasn’t lecturing:

    He wasn’t addressing the self-centered rich man that ignored poor Lazarus.

    He wasn’t talking to a crook on the Jericho Road.

    He wasn’t confronting an adulterer, or murderer, or a flagrant violator of the Ten Commandments.

    He wasn’t dealing with a cruel Roman prosecutor.

    He was talking to Nicodemus, an honest, religious, truth seeking man.

And Jesus said: “Nicodemus, you’re an outstanding man, but you must be Born Again. You worship at the Temple frequently, but you must be Born Again. You’re respected, reputable, and religious. You even associate with honorable people. But you must be Born Again.”

(Insight) Jesus divinely chose Nicodemus to represent the whole human race, to reveal regardless of our stature, or what credits attend our name, we cannot enter God’s Kingdom without being Born Again. Nobody enters Heaven on the basis of human merit, water baptism, church attendance, spiritual ancestry, or associating with Christians. Every person must have a personal relationship with Christ to enter Heaven. And that comes only through the New Birth.

I know those outside the Christian Faith brand this thinking as narrow-minded and even foolish. They don’t understand how Christians can stand by Christ’s words when He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That statement sounds arrogant and exclusionary to those outside the Christian Faith. But nobody should complain that there aren’t many passages to Heaven without being grateful for the one way to Heaven.

(Transition) Now that I have emphasized the necessity of the New Birth I want to take time to define it.

II.   Explaining the New Birth

At times, the best way of defining something is by first describing what something is not. I want to take that approach here:

    The New Birth is not “godly sorrow.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “godly sorrow works repentance toward salvation,” but this is not the New Birth.

    Neither is it repentance. Repentance is a change of mind; a 180 degree change of direction. But that’s not the New Birth.

    And it’s not the confession of sins either. All of this is what man does in the act of salvation.

There are two parts in the plan of salvation: (1) Man’s part, which I just mentioned, and (2) God’s part. And the New Birth is what God alone does in the plan of salvation. God can’t confess our sins or repent in our behalf. Only man can do that. But neither can man enact the New Birth. That’s God’s sole responsibility. Because the New Birth is all God that means it is heavenly, supernatural, and divine. There is even something incomprehensible about it. That’s what Nicodemus found out.

When Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be Born Again,” Nicodemus replied, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus responded, “[You’ve misunderstood Me Nicodemus]. That which is born of the flesh is flesh [It’s human. But]; that which is born of the spirit is spirit [it’s of a completely different nature].” Jesus likened the New Birth to a natural, human birth. And just as nobody has control over their natural birth no one has control over their Second Birth. The New Birth is initiated and consummated by the Spirit of God. When man does his part and believes on Christ as His Savior, God faithfully does His part and enforces the work of regeneration.

Do you realize that only the Holy Spirit can create life? Man can kill, murder, and abort. Man knows how to destroy and tear apart, but only God can create life. I know science has developed ways to enhance and clone life; but not from scratch. Man has never created new life from that which is dead. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden man’s spirit died. It became totally dead—a corpse. And the New Birth is when the Holy Spirit revives and transforms our lifeless spirit and puts us in right relationship with God. This is why our works can never revive our dead spirit. It takes a supernatural work of the Spirit.

(Illustration) When I was a freshman in College I drove a 1969 Firebird. One evening when I was on a date with a young lady, the engine in that Firebird blew up. I was so embarrassed! As much as I wished I could get that car running again, I couldn’t. It needed a new motor. I could have said, “You know, I’m going to get new tires for it, repaint it, and buy new points and plugs for it.” But that wouldn’t have remedied the situation. I could have had that Firebird hauled to the Mercedes Benz dealership and parked it among the finest luxury automobiles in the world. But had I done that the car would have never cranked. What that car needed was a new motor. Or the old one totally transformed.

You see, a person can make many improvements in their life. They can stop frequenting worldly places and terminate bad habits; they can associate with outstanding Christians; but there is only one way to change a defective spirit of man. And this comes by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. How does all that happen? How is the New Birth fully described? Theologians will admit the answer to that question is unexplainable. Remember, Jesus chose Nicodemus, a brilliant scholar, to introduce this concept, but even Nicodemus failed to comprehend the depths of regeneration. Nicodemus said, “Lord, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb?”

In essence Jesus said: ‘Nicodemus I know you don’t understand how the New Birth takes place. It’s divine and mysterious. But here is what I want you to know: It’s a miraculous work of My Spirit. And even though you can’t visibly see it take place; it happens! Nicodemus, it’s like the blowing of the wind. “You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

(Illustration) Some years back, I drove through the southeastern United States after a storm had swept through. Seventy mile per hour gusts of wind had ripped off roofs and snapped pine trees like school boys break pencils. I saw cement slabs where houses had once rested until the wind swept them away. It doesn’t take much discernment to realize that wind is one of the most powerful forces on earth. And that’s what Jesus likened the Spirit to.

Saints of God, when you were Born Again, the powerful wind of the Spirit sovereignly ripped the sin nature from your innermost being; He then swept those sins into the deepest sea; and He then imparted the life of God. How? I don’t know. But that’s certainly what happened! And when it comes to any mystical doctrine of the Christian Faith I would rather know what happened to me than how it happened to me:

Like Nicodemus, I don’t need to know all the theological intricacies of regeneration in order to accept it; I just want the confidence of simply knowing the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all unrighteousness. I don’t need God to tell me how He miraculously dismisses cancerous cells and then reconstructs new ones; I’m satisfied with knowing that 1 Peter 2:24 that says, “By His stripes I am healed.” I don’t need post-graduate studies in angelology or demonology when it comes to claiming deliverance from evil; I just need a workable “Knee-ology” that looses angels, binds demons, and enacts the “abundant life” in Christ. It was the Holy Spirit that brought about the conception of the sinless Christ in Mary, and if man is to become righteous, we must have a New Birth wrought by the Holy Spirit! The fact that the New Birth is all God certifies its divine nature. And I’m glad God does a divine and sovereign work of grace in those that trust on Christ for salvation.

(Transition) Then thirdly, I want to note that the New Birth “makes all things new.”

III.  The New Birth Makes All Things New

2 Corinthians 5:17 describes the New Birth beautifully: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” This verse describes two aspects of the New Birth:

1.      First, Paul says when we are born again we are a “new creation. I know the first time you looked in the mirror after you were saved your physical features had not changed. Maybe you were disappointed. Being Born Again doesn’t grow hair for baldheaded men or trim pounds from overweight bodies. These things won’t occur until we are transformed at the Lord’s Second Coming.

But here’s what does happen at the New Birth: The deepest, inner-most, substantive nature of man is suddenly transformed. Someone might say, “If that’s the case, then why do I continue to sin? Since I’m a new creation in Christ why do I continue making mistakes and yielding to temptation?”

Let me describe the difference between a sinner who sins and a Christian that sins. In most cases, sinners transgress without any intention of avoiding sin. They pursue evil, and they often pursue it in an unrestrained fashion. On the other hand, Christians sin against their intentions. Christians don’t seek to sin, they’re praying and hoping to avoid it!

2.      Secondly, 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares that the old sinful nature of the spirit of man is gone.
When Christ forgives He completely removes every sin from your past. David said in Psalm 103:12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

One of Satan’s chief tricks is reminding Christians of their past sins. He tries to convince them that they haven’t been forgiven. But let me tell you something: When your sins are forgiven, your sins are forgiven! When Christ forgives your sins He destroys the records! Let me pause again to say, I don’t completely understand how God can will to forget and destroy the record of our sins. Like Nicodemus I don’t fully understand the depth of the regeneration of our spirit which we call the New Birth. It’s divine and mystical. But not understanding the New Birth should not keep us from accepting it.

(Illustration) Thomas Edison is given the credit for inventing the light bulb. But he, nor anyone else, could explain the full and precise manner of how electricity works. But nobody is going to sit in the dark until somebody figures it out! No, we are going to enjoy the benefits of electricity even though no one fully understands it. And even though no one fully understands the breadth of the New Birth it shouldn’t prevent anyone from receiving it and enjoying its benefits.

I repeat the words that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, “You must be Born Again.” It is the only way of entering the kingdom of God, “You must be Born Again.”

Conclusion

(Illustration) Before personal computers, laptops, and iPads became popular, I scripted my sermons with a typewriter. Can you believe my generation was so primitive? A typewriter! One of the features on a late model typewriter was this. It came with sticky tape that was used to lift mistakes off documents. On one occasion, I remember typing my Sunday message on the topic of regeneration. As I was typing I sensed the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and say, “Go back and re-type that.” It seemed strange, because I hadn’t made a typo! But I knew the Holy Spirit had spoken, so I obeyed. When I pressed the erasure key on the typewriter, it removed the old mark from the page and allowed a new mark to replace it. The Lord immediately spoke to me and said, “That’s what the New Birth is. I take away the old and give the new!”

Have you experienced this? Have you been Born Again? Has Christ removed the old sinful part of your life and replaced it with the new? You can be born again today!

 


[1] (George Barna, Religious Beliefs Vary Widely By Denomination, June 25, 2001, Barna Research Group.)

[2] Barclay Study Bible, Gospel of John, Vol. 1, Westminster Press.

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