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Delighting in God

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Delighting in God

Text: Romans 5:1-11 (NIV)

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Enjoy Peace With God

A.      Made Right By Faith

B.      Made Right With God

C.      Made Right Through Christ

1.       Peace With God

2.       Access Into Grace

a)       Grace Entered By Faith

b)       Grace In Which To Stand

III.   Rejoice In Hope Toward God

A.      Hope Anticipating Splendor

B.      Hope Encountering Suffering

1.       Producing Patient Determination

2.       Producing Proven Character

3.       Producing Positive Hope

C.      Hope Free Of Shame

1.       The Reality Of Hope’s Success

2.       The Reason For Hope’s Success

a)       God’s Love Poured Out In Hearts

b)       God’s Love Poured Out By The Spirit

(1)     God’s Spirit Which Is Holy

(2)     God’s Spirit Which Is Given To Us

IV.    Appreciate The Love Of God

A.      Christ Dying On Our Behalf

1.       He Died For Us When The Time Was Right

2.       He Died For Us While We Were Powerless

3.       He Died For Us While We Were Ungodly

B.      Christ Demonstrating God’s Love

1.       An Example of Deficient Love: Rarely Dying for the Innocent

2.       An Expression of Divine Love: Universaly Dying for the Guilty

V.      Depend On The Salvation Of God

A.      Definitely Saved From God’s Wrath

1.       Given the Work of Christ

2.       Given The Fact of Justification

a)       Set Right with God

b)       Set Right through Christ’s Blood

B.      Definitely Saved through Christ’s Life

1.       Confident In Reconciliation

a)       Reconciliation to God

b)       Reconciliation through Christ

(1)     Being God’s Son

(2)     Being God’s Sacrifice

c)       Reconciliation of Enemies

2.       Confident Of Sanctification

C.      Definitely Saved to Rejoice in God

1.       Through the Person of Christ

2.       Because of the Work of Christ

VI.  Conclusion:

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