Freedom is not free. Especially spiritual freedom, and that became real at the cross.
- Sermon Outline
- Freedom is not free. Especially spiritual freedom, and that became real at the cross.
What do they need to see? part 1
— We have embraced everything averse to the ways of God. And we are reaping the results today. Jeremiah 2:13.
— We have forsaken the fountain of living water.
— We have a responsibility to participate in choosing the leaders of our counry.
— But we have a greater responsibility. Matt 5:13: Christians have become tasteless. The world rejects us as role models.
What do they need to see?
James 2:14a. What use is it to profess faith if our life does not demonstrate it? Are you the real deal?
— Do the world see authentic faith in our life?
— We live in a world that is full of fakes: faux leather, brick facades, etc.
— The world may be blinded to the gospel but they see through our false fronts. It isn’t believable. Not authentic.
— The issue at stake is the reputation of Jesus Christ.
Why do we struggle with being the real deal?
— Plenty of people have a knowledge of God, but they fail to believe IN God. In Christ. EXPERIENTIALY.
— Some of those living in ignorance are afraid of God.
A. Genesis 3:10
— Adam and Eve feared God because of their sin.
B. John 14:21 (Help for those who are afraid.)
— Jesus wants to help us know Him.
— Be honest with where you are, what you know about God, and simply obey it. God will start disclosing Himself to you.
— Before you know it, you become the real deal. You will have authentic, believable faith.
A. Exodus 20:3
— Money, pleasure, control, power, etc.
— Idols hold us back from demonstrating authentic faith.
— Satan whispers that you will lose everything. It’s a lie.
B. Luke 9:57-62
— Lord, I’m ready to follow you anywhere, but first….. How big is your but?
— We are saying other things are more important. Is that authentic faith?
— Sin, pride (what is the center letter?) We have an I problem.
A. Romans 3:23
— ALL of us have sinned. But, no one wants us to be free of our be setting sins than God.
— Sin binds us, and destroys our testimony.
B. 1 John 1:9
— Get to know Him. Removes the idols. Finally, repent.
— Not were ready to become the real deal.
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