A New Birth
The first step in a life of productive Christianity is to be born again.–“Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) People can see getting religion or joining church through their natural eyes. But you cannot see the kingdom of God or God’s true plan of salvation until you are born of the spirit. (1 Cor. 2:14) The New Birth or Born Again experience is what it says it is. It is an experience, instantaneous, something that happened unto you and rendered you different. You are a New Creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17) It is now turning over a new leaf, or kicking an old habit, or getting religion!
Life Without Sin
Rom 6:1 NIV What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Rom 6:11 NIV In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Rom 6:13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.