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Summary: A sermon for Reformation Sunday...highlighting that freedom from God is from something and for something

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What is freedom for you?

In Project News, a recent newsletter of the Australian Lutheran World Service Club, there are a number of stories of people living in India and Nepal.

Through the work of the Lutheran World Service and many of its sponsors they have been freed.

Freed from a life of slavery,

Freed from a life of constant discrimination, harassment and beatings which they endured simply because of the family they were born into

Through training, information, money and legal advice their life of constant oppression has been replaced with a life that involves freedom

But what about you?

What does freedom mean for you?

Maybe you would like to think about the things or situations: that constantly oppress you

or that constantly consumes your energies

Think about what life would be like without these

Maybe you are looking forward to something?

A holiday

Retirement

A day or a time when your mortgage no longer exists, your children are at school or have left home

or perhaps a time when work or someone at work is not so worried about controlling you.

Freedom for many is very enticing.

What does it mean for you to be free?

Today we are celebrating Reformation Day, officially this occurs on Tuesday 31st October.

Do you realise that Reformation Day, is about freedom?

On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 statements or theses to the door of the local church.

He was concerned that the church was saturating people with requirements that were unnecessary and had no support from God.

It was like the church of the time was falsely advertising that if you did this or that you could obtain God’s favour.

When in fact such requirements failed to do deliver

Martin Luther’s statements directed people away from following rules and regulations made by humans without God’s influence

To living lives as God says it happens

This is a life of true freedom

Freed to live under God

Freed to live as God acts, as God sees things and God creates life.

This is in fact genuine living in freedom

However freedom from God does not mean we can do whatever we want or act in any way we wish

Three years after nailing the 95 Theses to the church door, Martin Luther wrote another document called, ‘The Freedom of a Christian’ and one of the regular repeated quotes from that document is:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.

A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

This is not something Luther made up himself.

This quote is based on a number of verses of scripture, including Romans 13, verse 8 which says

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

It is through God and not humans where we can truly understand and find freedom

And so I invite you to again listen to what Jesus says about being free:

From John 8, verse 31 to 36

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


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Kevin Ruffcorn

commented on Oct 23, 2007

As I prepare for Reformation Sunday, you're sermon helped me again center on the freedom we have in Christ, while also giving me some solid direction on where to God with my sermon. Thanks for an inspiring read.

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