Regeneration correctly defined

The Biblical doctrine of regeneration is not the same as that used in systematic theology. Theology uses the term “regeneration” to refer to the invisible onetime renewal of the elect, which brings about their faith and salvation. In the Bible, regeneration is a continual work, with peaks and valleys, and applies not only to individuals but also to society and the cosmos as well. Thus, the elect can experience turning points (conversions) or regenerations at a number of crisis points in their lives, in addition to the fact that every day brings with it the need for continual conversion and renewal.

James B. Jordan, The Sociology of the Church, p. 6
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