What Happens When we are Born Again
When Jesus said to Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again’, the devout and learned religious leader was unsure what that meant. Not much has changed. Today ‘born again Christians’ fill churches that are seen as ineffective at best and hardly recognizably Christian in any way. The term ‘born again’ has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be ‘born again’ live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don’t; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covet the same, do almost everything the same. Being ‘born again’ is now defined by what people say that they believe.
The New Testament however defines Christians very differently. It is of enormous consequence that we know what being born again really means, and that Christians know how to communicate this to others. John Piper examines what it means to be Finally Alive.
“I cannot too strongly celebrate the publication of this book.”
— D.A. Carson
“It is an incisive examination of a topic of profound importance. I think it represents Piper at his very best as an author…Piper’s tone is gracious and compassionate throughout this book. He shows the heart of a pastor from the first page to the last. But he also shows the skill of a theologian and the passion of a prophet…I cannot recommend this book too highly. I really believe it is Piper’s best.” — Tim Challies, blogger at www.challies.com
“For those curious about the Christian faith to those deeply committed to Christ and his ways, come read and behold the glory of any and every sinner’s only hope—the miracle of the new birth that brings forth new life in Christ that will never end.” — Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“Classic Piper—crystal clear exposition and a must read.” — Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
About the Author
John Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota for 33 years. He is the founder of desiringGod.org, a chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, and he has written more than 50 books including Desiring God and Don’t Waste Your Life. John and his wife Noel have four sons and one daughter.