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God's Benefits Package (12 of 34)
Sermon Series: Good News from God
Benefits are an important part of life. If you attended college, you likely asked: what benefits does this school offer? Where is it located? How much is the tuition? What degrees do they offer? What is the faculty and student body like? What is the male/female ratio? If you have a job, one of the first questions you certainly considered was: what is the benefits package? What are the medical benefits? How many weeks of vacation will I receive? How many sick days do you offer? Do you have matching retirement? If you're married, you may have asked: do the benefits of this prospective spouse outweigh the potential negatives? Will this person spend all my money? What kind of husband or wife will this person be? What kind of father or mother will this person be? Will he or she help me walk with God? Will he or she help me be more effective in ministry? Benefits are an important part of life. It may sound self-serving, but it's ultimately wise-living.
Benefits are also an important part of your spiritual life. (Yes, you read the last sentence correctly.) Since God is no one's debtor, He promises a spectacular benefits package for all who believe in Christ. God's benefits are beneficial for this life and the life to come. It's worth noting, however, that in Romans God doesn't begin with benefits. In fact, Paul doesn't present our benefits until Romans 5. Instead, in the first four chapters, he presented the gospel on the basis of need not on the basis of benefits. He seems to think that we must know why we need a Savior. Once we see our desperate need and believe in Christ, then we'll begin to understand all the benefits that accompany justification. Consequently, we'll boast in our benefits. In 5:1-11, Paul draws out three benefits of our new life.
1. We have God's security (5:1-5). Now that we've believed in Christ, we have security in our position and in our pr ...
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