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Summary: A sermon preached on July 4th weekend on the topic of the freedom found in Christ

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INTRO

Video Braveheart (final Scene)

"My Country Tis of Thee

Sweet Land of Liberty

Of Thee I Sing

Land Where my Fathers Died

Land of the Pilgrim's Pride

From Every Mountain Side

Let Freedom Ring"

"Let Freedom Ring" is more

Than a patriotic song

ƒ{ Freedom is not only American's greatest theme

o But should be

„X Christians greatest theme

ƒ{ It's the message of Christ's

o Love

o Grace

o Mercy

ƒ{ Tragically, it's America's freedom

o That get us in bondage

ƒ{ America was established

o And a new government formed to bestow liberty

ƒ{ No other word so thrills the patriotic heart

ƒ{ It's what we've fought for

o Laid down our lives for!

ƒ{ Men have crossed sea and land

o To rest under this flag of freedom

ƒ{ Yet many live as prisoners

o Shackled by painful pasts

o Enslaved to present fears

o Tormented by an endless cycle of failure

ƒ{ Today I want to look again at....Freedom

ƒ{ I usually never use acrostics to preach...

ƒ{ But today

o I am going to break that rule!

F - Forgiveness

1John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

* Here is where true freedom begins

EXPLAIN: Salvation Plan

R - Relationship

* Religion brings bondage

* God never wanted bondage

o But friendship

* Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

* Our founding fathers came from a religiously expressive environment.

* These were men of different religious outlooks.

* But they had a burning desire to live where they were free to worship God as they saw fit.

* Many of our most important documents are framed around their love of God...

o One nation under God...

o Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

* One nation, under God.

o Not above

o Not even alongside

o But under

* Separation of church and state.

* Our founding fathers wanted that.

* What a box of worms that has become in the last 30 years.

* Every day in the courts around this nation there is a case somewhere concerning the issue of separation of church and state.

* When I attended elementary school we started the day by reciting the 23rd Psalm.

* We also recited the pledge of allegiance.

* Church AND State.

* In School!

* What were we thinking?

* Today the Ten Commandments can NOT be displayed in public schools.

* Evolution is taught from early on...

* But Creation by a loving God cannot be mentioned.

* Prayer is rarely allowed.

* Separation of church and state.

* What that means today is that belief in God...

o In His Bible

o In the creation story

o In prayer

o In anything concerning love and worship of God

* Is being slowly stifled by the state in the name of separation.

* The irony in all of this is that our founders were not concerned about God being in the State.

* They firmly implanted Him there by the wording of our greatest and most loved documents.

* What they did not want was the State sticking its nose into their religion.

* They left religious repression behind.

* They wanted one Nation.

E - Emancipate

EMANCIPATE = To be free from bondage

To bring liberty

To be free from restraint

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,


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