Salvation: God Gave the Greatest gift of All (REGENERATION)
Series: Have you opened your gift?
This year we are going to be focused as a church body upon CONNECTION--to Christ in Salvation and to Each Other in Ministry. Tonight we are continuing to look at our connection to Christ in salvation, the only gift everyone really needs.
We have seen that the gift of salvation has seven key elements; and have examined forgiveness and justification. This evening we come to regeneration. Regeneration is a word that is much wider than the Bible or Theology, it is a part of the everyday world around us.
re•gen•er•a•tion (ri-jen'?-ra'sh?n) n.
1. The act or process of regenerating or the state of being regenerated.
2. Biology. Regrowth of lost or destroyed parts or organs.
3. Theology. Spiritual or moral revival or rebirth.
God must love regeneration because we see it throughout His creation.
REGENERATION IS ALL AROUND US
From the cycle of the seasons, to the water cycle, to the claws of crustaceans that grow back after loss. God is a God that loves to offer a way for life to begin again.
Regeneration is the process by which an animal restores a lost part of its body. Broadly defined, the term can include wound healing, tissue repair, and many kinds of restorative activities.
The best-known and most widely studied examples of regeneration are those involving epimorphosis, in which the lost structure is reproduced directly by a combination of cell proliferation and redifferentiation of new tissue.
For example, if part of the liver is cut away, the remaining portions increase in size to compensate for the missing tissue and to restore the normal functional capacity of the organ.
Of all vertebrates, amphibians have the most highly developed capacity for regeneration. Certain species have the ability to regenerate not only limbs and tails but also parts of the eye, lower jaw, intestine, and heart.
Most annelids, ...
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