Does regeneration or faith come first?

Brit Baptism 1

Kelly McCart, one of Graystone’s elders, baptizing his friend, Brit Bowen.

In theological circles, people have been debating for centuries of which comes first, regeneration or faith.  Does someone put his/her faith in Jesus, and then God regenerates his/her soul?  Or does God regenerate a person’s soul, then he/she has the capacity to place his/her faith in Jesus?  It’s similar to the argument of which comes first, the chicken or the egg…but not really.

Whatever side of the theological line you may fall, I think we all get excited when we witness someone come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Seeing God change someone’s life for all eternity never gets old.  It’s one of the main reasons we do what we do.

We celebrate a person’s new faith/regeneration through the act of baptism.  We are having our next baptism celebration at Graystone Church on Sunday, July 24.  If you would like more information about baptism or to sign up, you can click here.  Every time I witness someone’s baptism, it reminds me of God’s saving grace and regenerative work in my own life.  And I typically shed a tear…not that I am a crier.

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