“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 has made freedom available to us (Gal. 5:1).
II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FREE?
- 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).
- People not free are often deceived and in denial.
- Some people declare themselves free prematurely or presumptuously.
III. TRUE FREEDOM OR BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?
- Modern philosophy – you can be sober, not free (Col. 2:8).
- Scriptures – we can be truly free (1Cor. 6:9-11; 2Cor. 5:17)!
- Put your identity in who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you rather than in your past behavior.
- 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).
- You will likely experience freedom to the degree you commit and connect to Christ!
- The problem – a superficial gospel presentation (Col. 1:18; Rom. 10:9, 13).
- 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)?