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Summary: A message on the gift of freedom we have recieved from the Lord and the importance of giving that same freedom to others.

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20, July 2003

Dakota Community Church

Free, Free, Set Them Free

Introduction:

The Iranian conjoined twins illustrate beautifully how precious freedom is.

Freedom is worth fighting for.

Freedom is the ultimate gift God has given us.

Freedom is the ultimate gift we can give to each other.

2Corinthians 3:17

17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Luke 4:17-21

17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

20Then he rolled up the scroll gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Galatians 5:1

1It 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.

Top four gifts of freedom worth fighting for.

1. Freedom from sin.

Romans 6:6-7

6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-- 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Romans 6:14

14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Romans 6:17-18

17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

A man purchased a white mouse to use as food for his pet snake. He dropped the unsuspecting mouse into the snake’s glass cage, where the snake was sleeping in a bed of sawdust. The tiny mouse had a serious problem on his hands. At any moment he could be swallowed alive. Obviously, the mouse needed to come up with a brilliant plan.

What did the terrified creature do? He quickly set up work covering the snake with sawdust chips until it was completely buried. With that, the mouse apparently thought he had solved his problem.

The solution; however, came from outside. The man took pity on the silly little mouse and removed him from the cage. No matter how hard we try to cover or deny our sinful nature, it’s fool’s work. Sin will eventually awake from sleep and shake off its cover. Were it not for the saving grace of the Master’s hand, sin would eat us alive.

John 8:34-36

34Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

- You died with Christ as symbolized in baptism.

- When you sin you choose to do so.

- You lie to yourself when you claim you cannot help it or the devil made you.

We know this because the second great gift of freedom is:


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