Summary: This sermon should challenge each listener to examine there state of spiritual existence and make sure they are free indeed. True freedom comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Subject: Spiritual Freedom
Scripture: John 8.36
Scope: This sermon should challenge each listener to examine there state of spiritual existence and make sure they are free indeed.
Summary: True freedom comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Segue: Today I want to share with you how you may be “free indeed.”
Introduction: Freedom, a concept that is built into the DNA of our being. This fact is true to the extent that our souls cry out when we find ourselves bound under the weight of tyranny. This truth is expressed clearly in our own past as a people. When found under the tyrannical control of the British crown we as a nation cried out for our freedom. The record of that cry was put to paper in the document we know as the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson described this document as “our expression of the American mind”. It was this cry of freedom and the expression of this internal and fundamental truth that birthed the greatest nation on the face of the earth changing the world for ever. Hear that cry this morning and feel it resonate in the core of your soul.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
“Abraham Lincoln said that when future generations read these words they would realize that, ‘they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that declaration, and so they are.’” The desire to advance these truths has been the reason we as a nation of free people began a revolution, engaged in civil war, entered into two world wars, and several other conflicts and it is the reason we fight today. For this cause ___________ Americans have willingly given the ultimate sacrifice. We are blessed to be apart of this American Dream of Freedom. Unlike Mrs. Obama I have always been proud and felt privileged to be a citizen of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
However, in spite of the great blessing of freedom we enjoy as citizens of America, there are countless people who in this country that live in great bondage. Freeborn men and women all over this great country live in perpetual bondage to sin and self. Men who enjoy the pursuit of our unalienable rights find themselves weighed down by the chains of sin.
This bondage manifests itself through the many fleshly vices which all too often consume the best portion of our existence. Men and women born politically free find themselves under the tyrannical control of the god of this age; Satan himself. In such a state the DNA of freedom imbedded in our soul causes us to cry out under the weight of this tyranny. We seek to free ourselves from the grips of the tyrant that holds us. However, we quickly realize that these chains of spiritual bondage can not be shaken free by mere human effort. We realize that, left to free ourselves we are ultimately doomed to eternal damnation.