by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
John 3:1-15

I have shared with you on some occasions about the experience Janet and I had when I was president of the Southern Baptist Convention and we went to the White House and shared a state dinner with President and Mrs. Reagan.

The recent death and funeral services for President Reagan brought to my mind many of the marvelous experiences I had. That particular evening, it was my opportunity to sit at a table of eight people with President Reagan. The President was here, there was a lady here, and I was here. The lady sitting next to me was a very delightful lady who was the head of the Alzheimer's Foundation for New York State. Looking back on it now, how ironic it was that here was a lady concerned about the whole matter of Alzheimer's. This of course is what ultimately came to the life of Ronald Reagan.

I remember in the course of conversation this lady, who was a Jewish lady, turned to me and said, ''Did I understand in the introduction that you are a Baptist preacher?'' I said, ''Yes, Ma'am. I am.'' She said, ''I am really glad. I have always wondered about that statement; what does it mean to be born again?'' You talk about the Lord opening up a door for a Baptist preacher to give a witness; I've never had a better one. So for just a few minutes I was able to share with this Jewish lady what it means to be born again, and I came to John 3 and explained to her as best I knew how what it means to be born again.

Jesus said to Nicodemus when he came to Him that night, ''You must be born again.'' Born again is a Bible phrase which describes a Bible experience. The technical word or the theological word for it is regeneration. In Titus 3, verse 5, the Bible says, ''Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.'' Regeneration means to be born again.

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