Wednesday, January 21, 2015

True Freedom

Our congregation is searching for freedom in 2015.  This Sunday, January 25, we will begin a three-year journey together called "Freedom For The Future" through which we will seek to completely eliminate the long-standing financial debt of the church.  So many opportunities await us in mission as we become free from the bondage of debt.

On a deeper level, our search for freedom is a spiritual journey to become free from the bondage of sin.  In this first quarter, we are studying Exodus to learn how God redeems and leads His people to freedom. Moses, Miriam, and Aaron provide us with a lens through which we witness our own redemption in Jesus Christ.

Jesus made the greatest statement about becoming spiritually free:
          Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word,
          you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make
          you free." - John 8:31-32

Two verses later, Jesus says:
          "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." - John 8:34

Human beings are enslaved to sin. Our bondage is stated clearly in Genesis 6:5 - The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.

The Good News is that God has provided us with a path to freedom through our Savior Jesus Christ.  The path is simple, but narrow.  It is the path of Jesus, the Word, the Word made flesh, the ancient way of God. As live into the Word, we find its truth and light dispelling the darkness of sin.

You can walk the path to freedom through grace.  Turn your focus to Jesus.  Tune your senses to the Word. Walk in love with the Redeemer.  You will find freedom and true life.  You will be a slave no more.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. - John 8:36

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