In this sermon, part of a series on the Book of Romans, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the benefits of salvation and the joy of salvation. Here are some excerpts:

Experience the Joy of Salvation

…Now God grieves when His children fall into sin. You would think, wouldn’t you, that if you could lose your salvation, you would lose it by committing adultery and murder? Well, David committed them both, and yet he did not lose his salvation. In fact, he repented with bitter tears of anguish, and in his psalm of repentance, Psalm 51, he said, “Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation (51:12). He didn’t say, “Lord, give me back my salvation.” He said, “Restore the joy…” So, when a Christian sins, he doesn’t lose his salvation; but he does lose the joy of his salvation, until he repents and restores the fractured relationship. We have eternal security!

Your Response

…Finally, look at Romans 5:11. Paul says, “In the light of these six marvelous benefits you receive as a believer, how should you respond? He says, Not only is this so, but we also rejoice…” (There is that word again! Paul is on a high. He is excited because he says, “Look at all these benefits!”) “We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received reconciliation.” Jesus, by His atoning death on Calvary, has reconciled God to us and us to God.

Benefits of Believing

[W]hy should a Christian be the most happy person in the world? For these 6 reasons:

  1. You are at peace with God.
  2. You have complete access to God.
  3. You have a dependable hope that won’t let you down because no situation is hopeless.
  4. There’s a purpose in your problems.
  5. The Holy Spirit fills you with God’s love; and
  6. You are eternally secure.

Hallelujah!! That’s worth rejoicing over. These are the benefits of believing, and we rejoice in God!


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


March 17, 1996

Romans 5:1-11

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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