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Those who become Christians become new persons. They’re not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

I can pin it down to 16 February 1974. Before that, I wasn’t a Christian; I was an atheist. And then I became a Christian. And I’ve been a Christian since.

‘To all who received him’ – that’s to all who received Jesus – ‘to those who believed’ – in other words, those who had faith – ‘in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’

John 1:12

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:13

1: The Word of God

‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of God.’

Romans 10:17

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’

Revelation 3:20

2: The Work of Jesus

‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 6:23

3: The Witness of the Holy Spirit

St Paul says ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ – the things that start to change when the Spirit comes to live within us is this: ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’

Galatians 5:22–23