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Summary: This is the 8th sermon in the series "The Cure". This sermon looks at the many benefits of being saved.

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Series: The Cure [#8]

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Romans 5:1-11

Introduction:

As good Christians, I know that we aren’t supposed to be selfish; but be honest, don’t you want to know what’s in the Christian life for you? There is so much after salvation. I’m afraid that many people forget that there is more to the Christian life than just being saved. Salvation is just the beginning.

Romans 5:1 (NIV)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because you are saved…

1. You have peace with God.

Before a person is saved there is a separation between them and God and there is no way that they can have a relationship with God. A person who is not saved is at war against God. When you are saved, you are no longer at war with God; but a Warrior for God.

Romans 5:2a (NIV)

“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Because you are saved…

2. You have access to God.

Before you are saved, you can’t just go to God. You don’t have access to God because you are His enemy. The only prayer of an unsaved person that God hears is, “God forgive me because I’m a sinner. Come in my life and change me to be like You.

Once you are saved, you have access to God through Jesus Christ. It is through the grace of God that you can be saved. Through Jesus Christ, you can go to God at any time.

Romans 5:2b (NIV)

“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Because you are saved…

3. You have hope.

Biblical hope is not wishful thinking. Biblical hope is confidence- Knowing that it will work out. Christians, your hope ought to give you joy. No matter what happens, a Christian knows the final outcome. I want you to really think about this, “Regardless of what people do to me or say about me, I know where I’ll be at the end and there is no one or thing that can take that away from me.

Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Because you are saved…

4. Your problems have a purpose.

This is one of those verses in Scripture that you think, “Really? I’m supposed to rejoice when I’m having problems?” God uses these things in our lives to make us more like Christ.

God shows us the process to having Christ-like characteristics. These are listed in order. You go from one to the next.

 Suffering.

We all go through things. We all suffer different types of problems. It’s never an “if” but a “when”. It is how we go through problems that makes a difference.

Suffering produces…

 Perseverance.

Once you learn how to deal with suffering, you then must learn how to endure. Many people can live like Christ for a little while; but after a while they give up. This is something missing from the Churches of today.


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