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).

  1. God wants you to be free (John 8:32).
  2. God wants you to be free indeed, not just sort of free or partially free (John 8:36).
  3. Christ has made freedom available to us (Gal. 5:1).

II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FREE?

  1. To be free means that we are not being controlled by something or someone in a way that brings negative results (1Cor. 6:12; 1Thess. 4:1-5, 7).
  2. People not free are often deceived and in denial.
  3. Some people declare themselves free prematurely or presumptuously.

III. TRUE FREEDOM OR BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?

  1. Modern philosophy – you can be sober, not free (Col. 2:8).
  2. Scriptures – we can be truly free (1Cor. 6:9-11; 2Cor. 5:17)!
  3. Put your identity in who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you rather than in your past behavior.
  4. You don’t have to let your past determine your future!

IV. HOW DO WE BECOME FREE?

The foundation for true freedom is fully committing & connecting to Christ (Jn. 8:36; Gal. 5:1).

  1. You will likely experience freedom to the degree you commit and connect to Christ!
  2. The problem – a superficial gospel presentation (Col. 1:18; Rom. 10:9, 13).
  3. It’s not just an initial commitment to Christ, but also a daily abiding in Christ (John 15:4-5, 7-8).

CHARACTERISTICS OF PARTIAL SURRENDER TO CHRIST:

CONCLUSION: God wants you to be free (John 8:32, 36). To what degree are you free indeed? The foundation for true freedom is fully committing & connecting to Christ (Jn. 8:36; Gal. 5:1). To what degree are you committed to Christ’s life and lordship? Are you all in (Lk. 9:23; 14:33)?