4 Blessings of Salvation

Note:  We do not seek salvation for its benefits.

Note: The list of benefits of salvation could never end.

  1. Blessing of Salvation : pardoned from punishment
    1. Isaiah 55:6+7 -Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
  2. Blessing of Salvation :  peace of heart/mind
    1. Romans 5:1 -Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Blessing of Salvation : purpose for living
    1. 2 Corinthians 5:14+15 -For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
  4. Blessing of Salvation : a place to inherit
    1. Colossians 3:4 -When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

9 Reasons why Prayers are unanswered:

Jesus Christ said:  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.


  • God(through His word) repeatedly calls us to pray
  • God invites us to ask
  • God promises to answer our prayers
  • God is able to help in any given situation


Despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers have gone unanswered.  Why is this?  Why doesn’t God grant all our petitons?

Reason #1–“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.” says the Lord.  (Isaiah 55: 8 )Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

Reason#2–“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59 :1-2)

Reason#3–“If I had thought about doing anything sinful, the Lord would not have listened to me.”(Psalm 66: 18 )

Reason #4–“When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reasons-for your own pleasure.” (James 4:3)

Reason #5–“Therefore if you bring your gift ot the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-25)

Reason #6–“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as  being heirs together of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off” (1 Peter 2:7)

Reason #7–“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” (Mark 11:24)

Reason #8–“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16)

Reason #9–“Also Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought  always pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).” (Luke 18:1-2)

Should the Local Church have Guidelines?

What makes guidelines (rules) necessary?

  • to keep things organized
  • that we know how to behave
  • regulates interpersonal relationships
  • to know whats expected

Where do you encounter guidelines in daily life?

  • in traffic
  • at home, in the family
  • at work & school
  • in the government
  • in a quart session
  • in sports and games

Would you agree that there is a difference between guidelines and a direct command of God?

  • Guidelines can change, God’s commands never change.
  • Rules aren’t equal to the word of God, we still have to follow rules and authority.  ex. parents, teachers, the law
  • Guidelines are different because they depend on the situation.

Can you recall instances in the Bible where guidelines regulated behaviour?

  • Mark 6:38-40 – Feeding of the ten thousand.
  • How the Israelites set up their tents.  Tribe tents were set up in order.
  • In the Psalms we read that the massive choirs had orders.
  • Luke 1:8-9 – The priests had orders.

Where in the church would guidelines be necessary?

  • for weddings/marriages
  • ordinances- order for foot washing & baptism
  • in choirs – sing the notes that are written
  • in services – begin times, and sermon lengths

Pros and cons of church guidelines:


  • new people are informed of standards
  • prevents chaos
  • things are as predicted
  • we know what to expect


  • people are restricted
  • people might view the rules as commandments
  • following guidelines does not make one a Christian
  • Pastors don’t want to become “Policemen”
  • we watch and judge people

According to the Bible, what should a Christian’s attitude be toward rules?

  • We are to submit to authority
  • Rebelling authority is a sin

Continuing in Grace

What type of grace? The grace God has on you when you repent, the grace accepting repentance of sins and the grace to be free from all sin.

STAY IN GRACE~Paul and Barnabas urged belivers to continue in the grace of God.(Acts 13:34)

  • Grace is first grace when one can’t help oneself anymore.   Because Christ was Grace, Christ and Grace belong together.  Grace is somthing that can’t be earned.  Without grace, Salvation isn’t possible.  How do you think Paul didn’t give up and was the blessing he was?  It was because Paul lived in the grace of God.  “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16

GROWTH IN GRACE~”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2. Peter 3:18

  • How can we receive more grace?  God wants to give us grace when we ask for it.  We simply need to ask and we will receive.  There will often be times in life when there is simply no other option than to turn to God’s grace.

SUFFICIENT GRACE~”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ” 2. Corinthians 12:9

  • We need to realize that God’s grace is sufficient for all circumstances.  Grace that gives us strength for the trials, resistance to temptations, joy in the valleys…

BY HIS GRACE~”But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”                     1. Corinthians 15:10

  • Everything we do and are, is all God’s grace.  His grace can be seen through His patience, His blessings, Our Salvation, His Son.  It is grace that God took us as his children.  All this is undeserved grace.  No one can claim any recognition, because it is all by His grace.

 Lord, help us to see your grace.  Help us to ask for your grace in all circumstances.  Remind us to give you all the credit.