Being born again means the total death of a believer in Christ and the experience of resurrection with Him.
Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church (TFOLC), stated this while preaching at the November 10 Thursday Showers service.
Speaking from Acts 19:1-12, Pastor Taiwo posited that regeneration is the essence of being born again. He added that this regeneration suggests the presence of the Holy Spirit in a believer.
“You cannot be born again without receiving the Holy Spirit,” he said.
The Senior Pastor further noted that receiving the Holy Spirit is different from having the baptism of the Holy Spirit. According to the clergyman, “receiving the Holy Spirit is the regeneration of a person.”
It leads to the baptism into Christ and yields the manifestation of some qualities in the life of such a believer.
“Just like the Apostle Paul, believers must be conscious of who they are in Christ. The day you know your rights is the day your destiny changes.”
The preacher, therefore, asked the congregation to allow the expression of the Holy Spirit to manifest in how they speak, relate with people, manifest the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, and power to handle the devil.
“You need boldness to receive what belongs to you. He lives big inside you, so live as big as He is inside you,” Pastor Taiwo said.