Your Greatest Freedom - 4th of July service

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"Our Greatest Freedom”  July 6, 2003




The Greatest Threat to Your Freedom is not the Taliban or Al-Queda.  Your

greatest threat to personal freedom is Saddam Hussein or Bin-Laden.  Those forces pose grave dangers and they must be dealt with.

But you and I have another enemy.  Like in any war, intelligence is essential to victory.  I want you to listen & watch what some people on the streets of Atlanta had to say about the enemy of true freedom.


The greatest freedom of all is SPIRITUAL FREEDOM.  The reason I say that is that spiritual freedom is the source of all other freedoms, including political freedom!

Until people are set free spiritually, there will be little grasp of what God intends them to experience in life.  If a man is in spiritual bondage, he may assume that political or economic bondage is just another part of his oppressed life.

But people who are set free in God, can all of a sudden see the vastness of life as God meant it to be lived!

What keeps us in spiritual bondage?  SIN.  And  ignorance of what God has made possible through His Son, Jesus.

John Ashcroft, US Attorney General, was roundly criticized for his comments about the Bible and Christians and Islam.  He said, “One faith teaches people that they must send their sons to die as martyrs in hopes of attaining Paradise.  The other faith (Christianity) teaches that God has already sent His Son to die so that we don’t have to.”

WHAT IS SIN?  Anything I do that comes between me and God.  Also anything I fail to do that God wanted me to do.

CONSEQUENCES OF MY SIN?   Rom 6:23 says it is death.

                 (Romans 6:1-8 TLB)  "Well then, shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness? {2} Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don't have to? {3} For sin's power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. {4} Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy. {5} For you have become a part of him, and so you died with him, so to speak, when he died; and now you share his new life and shall rise as he did. {6} Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin's control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin; {7} for when you are deadened to sin you are freed from all its allure and its power over you. {8} And since your old sin-loving nature "died" with Christ, we know that you will share his new life."

/You don’t have to be a slave/*

      à Dead people have no physical responses

      à Paul says Christians are “dead” to sin!


/Freedom is found in Jesus/*



/Have you ever placed your faith in Jesus Christ and simply prayed for Him to come into your heart, take over, and save you?/*

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