Sermon Recap: Finding Freedom in the Good Life
BY MICHELLE WILLIAMS, VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE
No matter our background, it seems that people universally are in pursuit of the same desire – to experience the good life. We may not always agree on the specific elements or what it looks like. But we all find ourselves asking, “How can I get a piece of the good life?”
The sermon this past weekend was the first in a new series at Grace Church that will serve as a 9 week guide for enjoying the fruit of the Spirit and getting “A Taste of the Good Life.” Dave Rod explained that the intent is to share the “ingredients” and give us real, practical and actionable ways to enjoy the good life that God promises.
The first ingredient on the list is Freedom. Specifically, freedom from sin is available to all who surrender to Jesus. His death and resurrection broke the power of sin and darkness, which would otherwise hold us in slavery and keep us separated from God.
This promise of freedom also includes freedom from sin management, which is a self-imposed burden of concealing, rationalizing, and compensating for sin. Systems of sin management require a lot of work to maintain, and the lurking consequences of failing to keep them up can feel paralyzing. Living as a slave to sin management is far from God’s promise of freedom.
When we choose to surrender and accept Jesus into our lives, he will set us free from sin so we can access the good life. Entering into a discipling relationship can help us to learn what it means to surrender and follow Jesus. Learning from a discipler can be especially helpful in times when sinful habits have clouded our lives. Someone who has already surrendered can help us find our way when we’re dealing with the anxiety, fear, shame, depression, and the rest of the negativity that the evil one designed to distract us from God’s promise. Someone who knows what it’s like to be on both sides of slavery and freedom can walk with us to help us discover the good life.
To learn more about discipleship relationships and the Way of Discipleship, click here.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Check out the first recipe in our A Taste of the Good Life Recipe Series! Baked brie with cherry preserves
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