Free Indeed – Part 3

“FREE INDEED – Part 3” INTRO: God wants you to be truly free – not controlled by anything that brings negative results (Jn. 8:32, 36)! I. TO CHANGE THE FRUIT (behavior), RENEW YOUR MIND. Renewing the mind, which is an ongoing process, leads to a transformed life (Rom. 12:1-2). II. RENEWING YOUR MIND INVOLVES REPLACING…

Free Indeed – Part 2

“FREE INDEED – Part 2” INTRO: God wants us all to be truly free (John 8:32, 36)! Free – not being controlled by something or someone in a way that brings negative results (1Cor. 6:12; 1Thess. 4:4). The world doesn’t offer us true freedom, but rather behavior modification. The foundation for true freedom is fully…

Free Indeed – Part 1

“FREE INDEED – Part 1” INTRO: This morning I’m going to begin a series of messages on the theme, “Free Indeed.” I. THE CALL TO FREEDOM (John 8:32, 36). God wants you to be free (John 8:32). God wants you to be free indeed, not just sort of free or partially free (John 8:36). Christ…

After Advent? – Conclusion

“AFTER ADVENT? – Conclusion” INTRO: After the first Christmas, until Jesus was 30 years old, He grew holistically – intellectually, physically, spiritually and relationally (Luke 2:52). In this concluding message, we’re going to focus on increasing in favor with God (Spiritually) and man (Relationally). Favor – kindness from another person, typically because of something in…

After Advent? – part 2

“AFTER ADVENT? – Part 2” INTRO: Luke 2:52 summarizes the focus of Jesus’ life after the first Christmas until He was 30 years of age. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke 2:52) Jesus grew holistically – intellectually, physically, spiritually and relationally. Holistic growth is synergistic, and…

After Advent?

“AFTER ADVENT?” Overview of the Christmas Story (Matt. 1-2; Luke 1-2). INTRO: Luke 2:52 summarizes Jesus’ life from age 12–30! For 18 years, Jesus “increased” – He grew, advanced, to be well along (He made good headway). HOLISTIC GROWTH (Luke 2:52): 1) Intellectually, 2) Physically, 3) Spiritually & 4) Relationally. The weakest link may hinder…

Purpose & Process – Part 3

“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 3” INTRO: God’s ultimate purpose for mankind is that we be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29). God uses our circumstances, regardless of their source, to bring about His purpose of conforming us into Christ’s image (Rom. 8:28; James 1:2-5). I. YOUR EMPLOYEES (2Cor. 4:16-18). When your outward…