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John Piper talks about the little-known task of "spiritual midwifery."



John Piper is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is the author of more than 30 books, and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

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Alexander Shaw

commented on Sep 15, 2012

When people were born again in the book of ACTS we see a pattern. They repented of their sins and turned to God having come to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were baptised in water and they received the Holy Spirit. You will find that in ACTS 2, 8, 9, 10 and 19. This is how people came into the church of Jesus Christ. Take the word RoBBeR - omit the vowels - and use that when ministering to people - Repent - Believe in Jesus - Be Baptised in water - Receive the Holy Spirit. David Pawson spells this out fully in his superb book, "The Normal Christian Birth". Get it. Read it. Study it. Be a good spiritual midwife and see people fully and adequately 'born again'!

Rodney Shanner

commented on Sep 15, 2012

Great stuff!!

John E Miller

commented on Sep 17, 2012

A powerful distillation of essential biblical truth.

commented on Sep 17, 2012

The Bible calls it , SOULWINNING Prov 11:30 Spurgeon wrote a great book called "The Soulwinner" Good read. It is simple to be saved. As simple as ABC. A- Admit you are a sinner because God's word says so-Rom 3:23. Believe that Jesus Christ took you punishment (hell fire) on the cross and paid your sin debt.Rom 5:8 C- Call upon Him to save you today. Rom 10:10-13. Now go serve him. YOU DO NOT NEED BAPTISM TO BE SAVED. Study the epistles not a transitional book. Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Alexander Shaw

commented on Sep 19, 2012

No name at 4. Why? ACTS teaches us how to come into the Church of Jesus Christ. If you can show me any other Biblical way please show me. Romans was written to 'born again' men and women - as were the other letters. And - Jesus taught that he who is faithful to the end shall be saved. There is a difference between beginning to become a disciple and being 'saved'.

John E Miller

commented on Sep 26, 2012

Alexander Shaw, that is a timely warning. There is a tendency to disparage the Acts of the Apostles with constant references to it as a "transitional book". Such an attitude may be very insulting to the Holy Spirit of God. There is tremendous teaching in Acts and also the way that such teaching took hold of first the Jewish believers and then the Gentiles. The basic doctrine of Christianityis set out in an experimental form of teaching. #4 says that it is as simple as ABC to be saved. It may be but it may be nothing of the kind. God's ways with everyone are different. Scripture abounds with confirmation of this truth. For instance if we thoughtfully consider the spiritual journey of Nicodemus we might well come to the conclusion that he found it painful and anything but easy. Full salvation is more than initially experiencing he forgiveness of sins. Salvation in the New Testament is a great embracing truth that covers the born again believer's whole experience with the Lord. It is not complete for anyone until they eventually experience the resurrection of the body. That will take place in the moment of rapture clearly described in 1 Thess.4:13-18)

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