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Salvation for Enemies

October 7, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 5:6–5:11

How can you be sure about God’s love for you? For many people, this presents a significant concern. We may not say it out loud, but our minds formulate our relationship with God to be something like this: I want God to love me, and so that God will love me, I will do good things. And because I have done good things for God, He will love me and take care of me. But the great problem with this way of thinking is this: how can I know I have done enough for God to love me? And what happens to me if I do something wrong? Won’t God turn His back on me and hate me? That is why we can never have true peace of mind or a secure hope if we believe we can earn God’s love. But the good news of the gospel, Paul tells us, is that God loved us when were still sinners! It was when we were enemies of God that He set His love on us, motivated by His own free grace and not by anything in us. The Lord God provides “Salvation for Enemies” (Romans 5:6-11).

I. God’s Love Praised
A. Undeserved Love
B. Costly Love

II. God’s Great Love
A. Saved from Wrath
B. Reconciled to God

III. Our Response to Such Love
A. Acknowledging God’s Grace
B. Rejoicing in God

Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Paul goes to such lengths to tell us how weak, wicked, and sinful we are outside of Christ? Why are we tempted not to use that message with others? (2) How does knowing what Christ has done for you, help you as you live today? (3) What does God’s initiative with His love tells us about Him? What does the costliness of it tell us?

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