Summary: This is the first sermon in the series "Finding Freedom From Sin" and gives us examples and ways to break free from those "pet sins" in our lifes that hold us captive.
Sunday Morning August 5, 2001 Bel Aire Baptist Church, Hobbs, NM
Series: Finding Freedom From Sin #1
1. Do we have anyone here this morning that has ever sinned? You are thinking, “Well yea stupid. We all have sinned. So why ask such an obvious question?” Sometimes we classify and justify our sins long enough that we become unaware of what a stronghold they have upon us.
2. Good names for these sins are “pet sins”. These are the sins in your life that you ask God to forgive and then go right back to them over and over again. Sin separates and distances our relationship with God. No, you don’t lose your salvation, but the joy that you once had in Christ is not there.
3. Don’t you want total freedom from sin? Don’t you want your relationship with God to be like never before? You say, “What’s the use, I will always sin anyways.” I would ask this morning, “Are you so unconcerned about where you stand with God that you don’t want to grow up?”
4. As we begin this series this morning, “Finding Freedom From Sin”, I want to tell you that at times I may share with you my personal testimony about some addictions I have faced and results of those. I am not sharing these with you as “bragging”, but in hopes that God could take something as ugly and terrible as some of the things I have done and use them in a way to help you find freedom.
5. I also want you to realize that although my past sins that I may bring up may sound really bad or not that bad in comparison to your “pet” sins, that regardless how bad or not bad you think your sin is, it is still sin and God hates all sin!
6. If you want to grow closer to God, as I do, then we must draw closer to God and that means you have to be clean from the sin in your life.
7. Let’s read our text: John 4:7-30.
A. Observation: Two Kinds Of Water
1. “This water,” which would not satisfy and would not quench thirst. The woman would have to keep coming back again and again to get more of “this water”.
2. “The water I (Jesus) give” which would quench thirst eternally.
B. Fact: The Woman’s Testimony
1. Jesus brought up the fact that the woman had 5 ex-husbands and a current live-in boyfriend. She could not find satisfaction so she kept going back to find a new love. Each time I am sure she hoped it was her last time to go searching.
2. Jesus brought up the fact that her thirst could not be quenched because she was drinking the wrong water. What she needed was the water that Jesus was offering.
C. Application: Our Testimony
1. What kind of water have you been drinking spiritually? If you have been trying to find satisfaction in life through anything or anyone besides Jesus Christ you will always come away thirsty.
2. I will tell you that many times in my own life, I tried to find satisfaction through other means. Now I want you to understand that when I did all of these things, I was already a Christian. So Christian don’t sit there thinking that this sermon is just for the lost. The sad thing about it is, as Christians, we have the pure water from Jesus Christ and yet we drink the sewer water.