10: The Benefits of Being a Saint

SERIES: The Troubled & Triumphant Church (1 Corinthians)

The Bible uses are many metaphors to describe the relationship between the child of God and our Heavenly Father. Believers are called sheep in God’s fold, members of the body of Christ, and the Bride of Christ with Jesus as the Bride Groom. For the Apostle Paul, his favorite term for Christians was the word Saint!

Benefits of Being a Saint

In fact, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul uses this term over 60 times to refer to ordinary people who have repented of their sin and been brought into the family of God. You are a saint, not because of who you are, but, because of who Jesus is. You are a saint, not because of what you have done, but because of what Jesus has done! To be a saint comes with many blessings and benefits.

Listen in and learn of the benefits of being a saint! These benefits were given in the past, are experienced in the present, and will continue into the future. For example, you have been given grace as a benefit of grace. Grace must provide for the elimination of guilt. Grace eliminates guilt!

Listen to the Benefits of Being a Saint:

 

09: Called to Be Saints

SERIES: The Troubled & Triumphant Church (1 Corinthians)

The Church is trouble today. The evidence is all around us. Very few churches are growing. In fact, the vast majority of the Churches are plateaued and declining. Sin is rampant without and within. At one time, the Church was the center or the hub of the family. Now, we see many Christians have even divorced themselves from the Church all together. Others only participate when it is convenient and nothing else is on the calendar.  This is unfortunate. God knows nothing of a Churchless Christianity.

Yet, the Church is triumphant as well. Souls are still being saved. Lives are still being changed. The Kingdom of God is still advancing. What we see and often describe as broken, God calls His Bride of Christ.  The Church is Plan A and there is no Plan B. Jesus said, “I will build my Church…” So we can rest assured He will do so. Even more so, rather than doing it in spite of us, He does so through us! He lives in us, works on us, and loves others through us. We may seem like merely sinners. But, God calls us, Saints! Listen to this message introducing our study on the Book of 1 Corinthians. The series is “The Troubled and Triumphant Church” and the message is “Called to Be Saints.” I hope you enjoy the message.

LISTEN:

I know the vanity of your heart, and that you will feel mortified that your congregation is very small, in comparison with those of your brethren around you; but assure yourself on the word of an old man, that when you come to give an account of them to the Lord Christ, at His judgment-seat, you will think you have had enough.

John Brown
The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, Vol. 1, Ed. Alexander Grossart (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1862-64, reprint 1979), 294

 

“Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus.”

Jeff Vanderstelt, Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

Martin Luther