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GOD’s free gift of salvation is only the beginning…

He’s also promised a life of freedom everyday.

AM I REALLY SAVED?

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 7/5/2015

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(Galatians 5:1, NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

WHAT IS SALVATION?

(Ephesians 2:8-9, NLT) GOD saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from GOD. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Four truths about salvation:

1. GOD saves me by His GRACE

2. I can’t TAKE CREDIT for salvation

3. Salvation is a GIFT from GOD

4. Salvation isn’t a reason to BOAST, it’s a call to FOLLOW

• I receive salvation when I BELIEVE

• Belief is a HEART REALITY that compels me to action

Two primary actions of belief:

I. REPENTANCE

(Romans 10:9-10, NKJV) If you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that GOD has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

True repentance involves three distinct actions:

    1. CONFESSION – I am a sinner and I need a Savior

   2. REJECTION – I don’t want to be a sinner any more

   3. ACCEPTANCE – I accept that Jesus paid the price for my sins

  II. OBEDIENCE    

(Mark 16:16a, NKJV) “He who believes and is baptized will be saved…”

Two actions of obedience:

1.BURIAL of my old self that died at repentance

2. FOLLOW the Voice of GOD wherever He leads me

WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SALVATION?

(Ephesians 2:10, NLT) For we are GOD’S masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

• Salvation is free, but it requires a CHANGE OF ADDRESS    

(Genesis 15:6, NLT) Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.

• Why am I saved? To DO the good things HE PLANNED for me long ago

FRESH START

(Romans 10:9-10, NLT) If you openly declare that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that GOD raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with GOD, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

(Romans 10:13, NLT) For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

Next Step: Truly BELIEVE, and SURRENDER myself to GOD’s Design for me

“Salvation is free, but it requires a change of address! Every believer has been entrusted with responsibility for their salvation.”

MY CHAINS ARE GONE

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 7/12/2015

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(Galatians 5:1, NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

(1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV) “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

• I am mastered by something when you come under its INFLUENCE

• This influence is coming from an UNCLEAN SPIRIT

Two Biblical truths about demons:

1. Demons are FALLEN ANGELS

2. Demons are DIS-EMBODIED SPIRITS

• I can’t be set free if I don’t believe I’m in BONDAGE

• I come under the influence of unclean spirits though    OPEN DOORS    in my lives

(James 1:14-15, NLT) Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desiresgive birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

• Thieves only come to KILLSTEAL and DESTROY, but Jesus came to give you LIFE

• The way to protect yourself from thieves breaking into your house is to CLOSE THE DOORS

BREAKING THE CHAINS

(2 Corinthians 10:3-5, NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world doesThe weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of GOD, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

• Don’t fight NATURALLY, fight in the NAME OF JESUS

(Philippians 2:10-11a, NIV) At the name of Jesus every knee should bowin heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is LORD

Four Spiritual weapons that demolish strongholds, arguments and pretensions:

1.FORGIVENESS

2. WORDS OF LIFE

3. THE WORD OF GOD

4. WORSHIP

FRESH START

(Romans 8:35, 37, NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? …No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

• Deliverance is MINE in Jesus’ name!!!

Next Step: Allow Jesus to DELIVER me from the chains of my PAST

“CS Lewis said that there are two groups of people demons get excited about: Those who don’t believe they exist  and the superstitious… people who see demons everywhere in everything.”

I AM SET FREE

PHIL CORK | 7/19/2015

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(Galatians 5:1, NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

WHAT IS FREEDOM?

• Freedom is the opposite of SELFISHNESS   

(Galatians 5:17, MSG) For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.

• Freedom grows by SERVING OTHERS   

(Galatians 5:14, MSG) …don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.

• We must choose between Freedom of our FLESH or Freedom of our FAITH   

(Galatians 5:18, MSG) These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day.

FREEDOM OF FLESH

(Galatians 5:19-21, MSG) It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit GOD’s Kingdom.

• Freedom of our Flesh is ISOLATING   

• Freedom of our Flesh is SELF-CENTERED   

• Freedom of our Flesh is DESTRUCTIVE   

FREEDOM OF FAITH

(Galatians 5:22-24, MSG) But what happens when we live GOD’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

• Freedom of our Faith is CONNECTED   

• Freedom of our Faith is SELFLESS   

• Freedom of our Faith is LIFE-GIVING   

NEXT STEPS

(Galatians 5:25 – 6:10, MSG) Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.

Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others… enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience. The one who plants in response to GOD, letting GOD’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. 

1. More than just HEAD and HEART   

(1 John 3:18, ESV) Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

2. Live CREATIVELY   

(1 Peter 2:9, ESV) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

3. Forgive and RESTORE   

(Ephesians 4:32, ESV) Be kind to one another, tenderheartedforgiving one another, as GOD in Christ forgave you.

4. Share their BURDENS    

(Isaiah 1:17, ESV) Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

5. Discover YOUR CALLING    

(John 15:16, ESV) “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”

6. Don’t be IMPRESSED with yourself

(Philippians 2:3-4, ESV) Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

7. Don’t COMPARE yourself to others

(2 Corinthians 10:12, ESV) When they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one anotherthey are without understanding.

8. Be GENEROUS    

(Proverbs 11:24, ESV) One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

9. Follow GOD’S LEAD    

(Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

10. Don’t GROW WEARY    

(Hebrews 12:1-3, ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of GOD. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

“Will I live in the freedom of my flesh or freedom of my faith?”

FREE INDEED

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 7/26/2015

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(Galatians 5:1, NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM

(John 8:34-36, NLT) Jesus [said], “I tell you the truth, 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. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

• Sin makes me a SLAVE, but Jesus calls me FAMILY

Three ways to fight for my freedom from sin:

1. SURRENDER to Jesus

2. RECEIVE His free gift of salvation

3. FOLLOW His Example, not my own DESIRES 

FREE INDEED

• Living in freedom everyday means that I live everyday in GOD’s GRACE

• Grace is GOD’s UNMERITED FAVOR

(Romans 5:20b, KJV) …where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

• Jesus’ grace is ENOUGH

• Living in freedom everyday means that I am truly FREE INDEED

(Romans 8:1-2, NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 

SHAME is the power of sin

• The power of shame is that it SEPARATES me from Jesus

• The power of the Holy Spirit is that it frees me to live in RELATIONSHIP with Jesus

• When I’m free from my shame I’m free to SERVE someone else 

FRESH START

(Galatians 5:1, NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Next Step: Make the CHOICE to live free from sin, and live free to MAKE A DIFFERENCE

“Every believer is in a battle for freedom from the tyranny of sin. Sin has enslaved us, convincing us that the chains its wrapped around our lives are own choices… Sin lies to us… steals from us… sucks the life out of our families and our relationships. And, in the end, we’re left with nothing but emptiness and heartache

“But, just like Patrick Henry, Jesus stood in the face of our oppressor and declared freedom for every person who accepts His free gift! Jesus’ rallying call was, ‘I’ll give you liberty, and I’ll purchase it with my own life!'”