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Summary: the pilgrims needed to be delivered from the persecution of the church of england, what do you need delivered from?

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What Are You Needing To Delivered From?

The Pilgrims began as a religious group who felt that the only way to practice their religion was to separate from the Church of England. These “Separatist” centered around Scrooby, a village in Nottinghamshire in the English Midlands. In 1607/8 the congregation moved to Amsterdam and in 1609 to the city of Leiden in the more religiously tolerant Netherlands. The community began to move to America in 1620.

The religious tensions which led to the formation of the Separatist group stemmed fro the Reformation, particularly in England. In 1532, King Henry VIII withdrew the Church of England from the jurisdiction of Rome, in order to divorce his first wife.

The larger group believed independence from Rome and moderate changes in religious practices to be sufficient. The other wished to “purify” the Church of England through a second Reformation that would do away with bishops as well as the pope. Some of these “Puritans” believed they could accomplish their reforms within an ecclesiastical structure or a more systematic way. Other more radical reformers believed that each individual church congregation must operate independently. The “Separatists” could not support a national church.

The “Separatist/Pilgrims” believed: the one side [the Reformers] labored to have ye right worship of GOD and discipline of CHRIST established in ye church, according to ye simplicity of ye gospel, without the mixture of mens inventions, and to have and to be ruled by ye laws of GODS word, dispensed in those offices, and by those of Pastors, teachers and elders, and according to the scriptures. The other party [the Church of England] though under many colors and pretences, endeavored to have ye Episcopal dignity (after ye popish manner) with their large power and jurisdiction still retained; with all those courts, cannons and ceremonies together with all such livings, revenues and subordinate officers and with such means as formerly upheld their antichristian greatness and enabled them with lordly and tyrannous power to persecute ye poor servants of GOD.

The English Crown forbade separation from the Church, persecuting and imprisoning members of the Separatist movement.

As I have just read the beginning of thanksgiving comes from the reformation. Because of this a group of people felt that they needed to be delivered from England to a place where they could worship GOD the way they felt GOD wanted them to worship. Today we are going to look at a passage of scripture that tells us that we are delivered and who delivered us from our enslavement. Lets go to our scripture.

I can remember in English class my teacher would always have us asking the who, what, when, where and how questions in order to tell the noun, subject and the verb of a sentence structure and I believe that we ought to do this with this verse. We have to understand what we need to be delivered from, when can it take place, who delivers us and how are we delivered. So let us begin.


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