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Summary: This sermon using true accounts of the lives of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence deals with the fact that freedom is costly.

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"FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!"

GALATIANS 5:1-13

[1] Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

[2] Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

[3] And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

[4] You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

[5] For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

[6] For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

[7] You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

[8] This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.

[9] A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

[10] I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

[11] And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.

[12] I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! [13] For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

This is the 4th of July holiday weekend.

This is when we celebrate FREEDOM!

July 4th, 1776…the Colonies declared freedom from Great Britain.

This holiday gives us the freedom to do things we want to do.

In our Bible text today, Galatians 5:1 uses the word “liberty”.

It comes from a Greek word that means “to go free”

It speaks of someone who has been restrained…or in bondage.

It’s like someone who has been set free from prison.

So…FREEDOM is another word that fits Galatians 5:1.

There’s only 1 thing wrong with that word “FREEDOM”.

Because it contains the word “free”,

many think it doesn’t cost anything.

WRONG!

Liberty or freedom never comes…

without someone paying a big price.

In 1215,

King John of England was forced to give up some of his powers

And concede liberties to the people through the Magna Charta.

The British Bill Of Rights of 1689

provided for civil rights for the people

and political supremacy to Parliament.

Our nation’s liberty was proclaimed…

in the Declaration Of Independence of July 4, 1776.

President Lincoln freed the slaves…

with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

The people of Iraq have been set free…

From the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein.

None of these victories for freedom came without a high price.

Freedom is no cheap thing.

In all the wars for freedom in history…

people have paid the ultimate price.

Those who loved them paid a price in grief and loss.

POINT #1

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

IS PERSONAL SACRIFICE

Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free…

Now…how did Jesus give us liberty?

John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.


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