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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH
OF JULY, 2013
“CELEBRATING TWO FREEDOMS”
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be
Today we are celebrating two freedoms; one political
and one spiritual.
How would you define freedom?
There are those who believe that freedom gives them
the right to do anything they want regardless how it
While others believe that freedom means everything
is free, there is no cost to freedom.
Neither one of these concepts are true.
I. THE RISE AND FALL OF FREEDOM?
Freedom has everything to do with morality.
Freedom gives us the ability to do what is right.
Freedom is first found in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV)
And the Lord
God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die.
Once they chose to do wrong, they lost their freedom
and entered into slavery to sin.
A. THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR POLITICAL FREEDOM.
Our Founding Fathers under the guidance of God and
His Word give us freedom from the oppression of
Psalm 33:12 (KJV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the
people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psalm 144:15 (KJV)
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea,
happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.
As our Founding Fathers honor God our nation was
blessed in countless ways.
The more we turn away from the moral teachings of
God and His Word the more freedom we lose as we
become enslaved to the false concept of freedom.
The morality of right and holiness is being replaced
by the morality of wrong and sin.
Isaiah 5:20 (NLT)
Destruction is certain for those who say that evil
is good and good is evil; that dark is light and
light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is
B, THE RISE AND FALL OF SPIRITUAL FREEDOM
We experienced Spiritual Freedom when we accept
Jesus Christ and our Savior.
Romans 8:2 (NLT)
For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed
you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that
leads to death.
The more we allow sin in our life the less freedom
John 8:32-35 (NLT)
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set
"But we are descendants of Abraham," they
said. "We have never been slaves to anyone on earth.
What do you mean, 'set free'?"
Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone
who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a
permanent member of the family, but a son is part of
the family forever.
There are two important lessons to learn in these
If we sin we are under sins bondage.
There are those who are unaware that they need
freedom. Vs. 33
II. HOW CAN WE RECLAIM OUR FREEDOM?
Repentance is the only way we can reclaim our
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal
1 John 1:9 (KJV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Revelation 2:5 (NLT)
Look how far you have fallen from your first love!
Turn back to me again and work as you did at first.
If you don't, I will come and remove your lampstand
from its place among the churches.
The failure to repent stops the flow of freedom in
Psalm 32:3-7 (NLT)
When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and
miserable, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was
heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and
stopped trying to hide them.
I said to myself, "I will confess my
rebellion to the Lord."
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Therefore, let all the godly confess their
rebellion to you while there is time that they may
not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place; you protect me
from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
III. LIVING IN TRUE FREEDOM
To live in true freedom means to be able to do what
is right, that is, what is the will of God.
Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because
the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the
poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to announce that captives will be released and
prisoners will be freed.
True Freedom, both political and spiritual comes
only through Jesus Christ.
John 8:36 (KJV)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall
be free indeed.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)
For our present troubles are quite small and won't
last very long. Yet they produce for us an
immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) A psalm of David.
Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord
has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in
Romans 8:21 (NLT)
All creation anticipates the day when it will join
God's children in glorious freedom from death and
2 Cor. 3:17 (NLT)
Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit
of the Lord is, he gives freedom.
Are we living in the freedom that God has given us?
“OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PROMISES”
2 Peter 1:4 (GW)
Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of
the highest value. Through these promises you will
share in the divine nature because you have escaped
the corruption that sinful desires cause in the
What is a promise?
“A promise is the declaration of some benefit to be
“One’s pledge to another to do or not to do
something specified, narrowly, a declaration which
gives to the person to whom it is made a right to
expect or to claim the performance of forbearance of
a specified act.”
There are two parts of a promise: the promisor, the
one making the promise, and the promisee, the one to
whom the promise is made.
The promisor must have integrity and ability; the
promisee must have faith and acceptance.
What does a promise do for us?
There are two types of promises:
A negative promise
A positive promise
A negative promise:
Gives us a warning and its consequences
The first two promises recorded in God’s Word are
Genesis 2:16-17 (NLT)
But the Lord God gave him this warning: "You may
freely eat any fruit in the garden except
fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its
fruit, you will surely die."
Genesis 3:14 (NLT)
So the Lord
God said to the serpent, "Because you have done
this, you will be punished. You are singled out from
all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth
to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as
you live, crawling along on your belly.
A positive promise:
Will give us hope and anticipation.
Will give us peace in the midst of turmoil.
The third promise found in the Bible is a positive
Genesis 3:15 (NLT)
From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and
your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He
will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
I. GOD IS OUR PROMISOR.
A. THE NEED TO KNOW GOD
2 Peter 1:2-4 (KJV)
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
according as His divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him that hath called us
to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises: that by these
ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through
The assurance we have in the promises of God is
dependent on our knowledge of Him.
through the knowledge of God
through the knowledge of Him that hath called us
It is through our knowledge of who God is, that we
have the confidence we need to believe in His
Knowing that God is righteous, that He does what is
right, and that He loves us
Jeremiah 9:24 (NLT)
Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know
me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and
righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I
delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!
The more we know of God the more we will seek Him in
times of need
Hosea 6:3 (NLT)
Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to
know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as
the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early
It is through our knowledge of God that we have the
promise of eternal life
John 17:3 (NLT)
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one
you sent to earth.
The more we know God the more we can experience His
Philippians 3:10 (NLT)
As a result, I can really know Christ and experience
the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I
can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing
in his death,
Our knowledge of God comes through a growing
Colossians 1:10 (NLT)
Then the way you live will always honor and please
the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind
things for others. All the while, you will learn to
know God better and better.
B. THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE TO BE HIGHLY TREASURED
2 Peter 1:4a (KJV)
given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
The promises of God are of far greater value than
any promises the world might give.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (NLT)
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused
to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He
chose to share the oppression of God's people
instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
He thought it was better to suffer for the
sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of
Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward
that God would give him.
The promises of this world lead to sin and death.
James 1:15 (KJV)
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth
sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth
1 John 2:15-16 (NLT)
Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers
you, for when you love the world, you show that you
do not have the love of the Father in you. For the
world offers only the lust for physical pleasure,
the lust for everything we see, and pride in our
possessions. These are not from the Father. They are
from this evil world.
C. THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S PROMISES
The purpose of God’s promises is to bring us into a
proper and everlasting relationship with Him.
2 Peter 1:4b (KJV)
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust.
1 John 2:25 (KJV)
And this is the promise that he hath promised us,
even eternal life.
Next Sunday bring your favorite promise, with your
name, and give it to me so I can prepare a sermon
concerning your promise.
“THE PROMISES OF OUR SHEPHERD”
I will seek that which was lost, and bring
again that which was driven away, and will bind up
that which was broken, and will strengthen that
which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the
strong; I will feed them with judgment.
There are many false promisors.
How many times have you been disappointed and hurt
by someone who made a promise that they never kept?
Judah was in Babylonian captivity because of the
failure for the physical and spiritual leaders
failing to keep their promise to be obedient to the
Law of God.
My favorite symbol of God is that of a Shepherd.
Throughout the Scripture God is likened unto a
We are told there is a false shepherd as well as the
John 10:11-14 (GW)
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his
life for the sheep.
A hired hand isn't a shepherd and doesn't own
the sheep. When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons
the sheep and quickly runs away. So the wolf drags
the sheep away and scatters the flock.
The hired hand is concerned about what he's
going to get paid and not about the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as
the Father knows me. My sheep know me as I know the
The thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel compares the
false shepherds of Israel with the True Shepherd.
There are nine promises given to Israel and to us,
by the Great Shepherd.
These promises are not only given to Israel but they
are also for us, the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NLT)
that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
HE WILL SEEK AND SEARCH FOR HIS SHEEP
Ezekiel 34:11-12a (KJV)
For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will
both search my sheep, and seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the
day that he is among his sheep that are scattered;
so will I seek out my sheep…
Matthew 18:11-13 (KJV)
For the Son of man is come to save that which was
lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep,
and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave
the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains,
and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be
that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth
more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine
which went not astray.
Luke 19:10 (NLT)
And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save
those like him who are lost."
At one time we were the sheep that was lost.
1 Peter 2:25 (NLT)
Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you
have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your
There is great rejoicing when a lost sheep is
brought into the fold.
Luke 15:6-7 (NLT)
When you arrived, you would call together your
friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because
your lost sheep was found. In the same way, heaven
will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to
God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous
and haven't strayed away!
Luke 15:32 (NLT)
We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother
was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but
now he is found!' "
Once our Shepherd has found us and brought us into
His fold, there are many more promise that become
HE WILL DELIVER THEM FROM THEIR CAPTIVITY.
Ezekiel 34:12b (KJV)
deliver them out of all places where they have been
scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
The cloudy and dark days speak to times of trouble
and heartache of failure and sin.
We all have not only been held in the captivity of
sin, but we been held captive in days of trouble and
2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)
They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves
to sin and corruption.
For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
HAS PROMISED TO DELIVER US FROM THE TRIALS
The trials of life even for the Believer can be
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT)
But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says:
"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have
called you by name; you are mine. When you go
through deep waters and great trouble, I will be
with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown! When you walk through the fire
of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames
will not consume you.
WILL DELIVER US FROM THE CAPTIVITY OF SIN.
Galatians 1:4 (KJV)
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver
us from this present evil world, according to the
will of God and our Father:
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT)
Because God's children are human beings—made of
flesh and blood—Jesus also became flesh and blood by
being born in human form. For only as a human being
could he die, and only by dying could he
power of the Devil, who had the power of death.
Only in this way could he deliver those who
have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of
SIN AND ITS JUDGMENT
Proverbs 5:22 (NLT)
An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they
are ropes that catch and hold him.
John 8:34 (NLT)
Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins
is a slave of sin.
Romans 6:16 (NLT)
Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey
becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads
to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive
Romans 7:23 (NLT)
But there is another law at work within me that is
at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and
makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
D. FROM ETERNAL DEATH AND FAILURE
Psalm 30:3 (NLT)
You brought me
up from the grave, O Lord.
You kept me
from falling into the pit of death.
Psalm 56:13 (NLT)
For you have
rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from
So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in
your life-giving light.
Psalm 116:8 (NLT)
He has saved
me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from
God has promised to seek His lost Sheep and to
deliver them from bondage, have you been brought
into His fold?
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