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Sermon shared by James Mccullen

July 2000
Summary: Do you really believe in Freedom? What kind of freedom. Real freedom include the spirit. Please note all points and sub-points are tied to the scripture. This sermon is expository in style, you will have to open, and keep open, your Bible to get full
Series: July Forth
Audience: General adults
Galatians 5:1-15 (NASB)

1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Humorous experiences saturate the life of my friend Burnell Lewis. One of the funniest took place over 50 years ago as Burnell participated in the Armyís basic training.

A friend of his persuaded him to help him in embarrassing the Inspection Officer. This Inspection officer enjoyed going over locker and person effects with a white glove. He seemed to over react at ever infraction.

Burnellís friend asked Burnell to help by agreeing to respond with the words ""Patrick Henry sir in 1776."to what ever this man shouted out. So while the soldiers were standing at inspection and the inspection officer seemed especially intend to find some infraction of the rules. Burnellís friend hollered out "give me liberty or give me death". Immediately the Inspection Officer cried out who said that." Burnell replied "Patrick Henry sir in 1776."

The entire troupe of soldiers fell all over themselves laughing. The inspection turned into a shambles and Burnell receive orders to report to the commanding officer. He was sternly reprimanded. When he was dismissed he turned around and ask the officer if ha could ask one question? His superior said "yes, what is it." Burnell ask "of the record sir did you think that episode was funny"? The commanding officer put his head down on his desk and laugh heartily. He then said "it is one of the funniest things I ever heard of."

Many of us do not fully understand the privileged of freedom. This is true concerning National freedom. It is even more evident in the matters of spiritual freedom. Today I want to guide you in an analysis of the text and emphasize the title "FOR FREEDOM WE WERE SET FREE"

I. The Purpose . . Of Our Freedom. v 1
2. The Pleasure . . Of Our Freedom. v 1
3. The Persistency . . Of Our Freedom. v 1

I. The Purpose . . Of Our Freedom. v 1
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

A. The . . Obvious Purpose of Freedom. v 1 a
" It was for freedom . . . "

1. Freedom from A Set of Rules.
a. Jewish religion added over 600 rules to the 10 Commandments.

2. Freedom from A Set of Rituals.
a. Washings and outward expression of religion.
b. The Word of God sets us free for righteous living.

Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Thy precepts.

B. The . . Originator of the Purpose of Freedom. v 1 b
". . . that Christ set us free;. . . "

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." NKJV

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me. NKJV

John 8:36
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