Peter To The Pilgrims: Explaining The New Birth

“BORN AGAIN” is one way the Bible describes our salvation and 1st Peter starts with a statement about how God has “begotten us again” (1 Peter 1:3). 

What ideas come to you when you think about being born again?

The idea of the new birth is mysterious in some ways. When Jesus told Nicodemus about our need to be born again (John 3:4, 9), what was his response?

1 Peter 1:23-25 simplifies some of the ideas associated with being born again!

                What is the seed which brings about the new birth (23)?

                How do we come in contact with this seed (25)?

                What is the significant difference between our first birth and our second birth (23, 24)?

How is 2:1-2 related to the idea of being born again.  What does it teach those born again to do?

Other ideas in 1 Peter related to the new birth:

How might 1:14 be related to the new birth? (See also here James 1:18 and 1 John 3:9-10)

What about 2:9-10, 17?

Probably the most famous statement in the Bible about being born again is what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:5 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of ____________ and the ____________________, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

What connection does Peter make with water and our salvation? (3:20-21)

What does he say about the role of the Spirit?  (1:22)

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