APRIL EASTER SERIES: WEEK 1- FREEDOM
April 4, 2021
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (NIV)
"Christ bought our freedom with his blood..." Colossians 1:14 (Living Bible Translation)
QUESTION: WHAT CAN CHRIST SET ME FREE FROM?
1. GUILT OVER MY PAST
"By the death of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven!" Ephesians 1:7 (GN)
"He has...cancelled every record of the debt we owed. Christ has done away with it by nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:14 (JB)
"There is no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ." Romans 8:1 (LB)
2. WORRY ABOUT MY FUTURE
"...God's Spirit has been at work in your heart... (through) Jesus Christ. May God grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear."
1 Peter 1:2 (LB)
"I am ready for anything through the strength of Christ who lives in me." Philippians 4:13 (Ph)
3. PURPOSELESS LIVING TODAY
"We are God's work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life...as he meant for us to live it." Ephesians 2:10 (JB)
"Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus..." Acts 20:24 (LB)
4. HAVING TO EARN MY WAY TO HEAVEN
"Christ has set you free from following the world's ideas of how to be saved – by doing good and obeying various rules..." Colossians 2:20 (LB)
"You don't earn the right to heaven... No, for being saved is a gift; If a person could earn it by being good, then it wouldn't be free‑‑but it is!" Romans 4:4 (LB)
"The free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ." Romans 6:23 (LB)
A PRAYER THAT LEADS TO FREEDOM
"Dear God, I believe Jesus Christ was who he claimed to be- your Son, and that he proved it by rising from death. Jesus Christ, thank you for dying for me on the Cross. I want to get to know you personally and experience the freedom you offer. As much as I know how, I ask you to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. I accept your free gift of salvation. Amen."
Sermon Outline Adapted from pastors.com
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