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Session 8

Making Payments

Read: Ephesians 2, Psalm 8

Dead people can't pay their bills. This point was illustrated to me not too long ago when I saw an invoice for work worth over $10k owed to my grandfather by a dead man. I'd say there's about a 100% chance my grandpa's not going to get that money.

Spiritually speaking, that is our condition before we meet Jesus. There is a debt to be paid but we can't pay it because we are dead; spiritual life comes only through Christ. Even if we had something of worth to give, which we don't, it wouldn't matter because dead people can't pay their bills. In order to have something of value to pay off our debt, we'd have to work for it. That's a problem because dead people can't work either. Even if dead people could work, what we'd earn wouldn't be sufficient for the debt we owe. So, we're in pretty bad shape. I guess you could say that our biggest problem is that we're dead.

Ephesians 2:4–5 says, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Because of God's love our debt is paid in full through Jesus! We have been made alive. The work has been finished and the faith to believe has been freely given.

I'm so glad that I didn't have to make payments for my salvation. We can now work, serve, and give, not because we are trying to be made right with God, but because we get to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. We don't work, serve, or give out of obligation but out of gratitude and worship. What an incredible life!


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Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

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Crucified Life

Crucified Life

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3

You Are All One

You Are All One

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4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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Keep in Step

Keep in Step

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Weary

Weary

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For this Reason

For this Reason

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Making Payments

Making Payments

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Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

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Member

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Forgive

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Stand Your Ground

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Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

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Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

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Perseverance

Perseverance

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Joy

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Potential

Potential

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Rooted

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Make the Most

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Well-Seasoned

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Packed with Purpose

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He’s Returning. Live Like It!

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Love Is All You Need

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Living on a Prayer

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Training for Battle

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Out of This World!

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It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

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Livin’ by the Good Book

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Soundness or Sickness?

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Useless Without the Gospel

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