Monday, November 2, 2015

Stand Firm 2: Stand Firm in Freedom 11-1-2015

Sermon Series: Stand Firm
Stand Firm 2: Stand Firm in Freedom
Galatians 5:1 (1-15) Galatians 5:1  Freedom, set free

"If you do not stand firm in faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9 (NIV)
אִ֚ם לֹ֣א תַאֲמִ֔ינוּ כִּ֖י לֹ֥א תֵאָמֵֽנוּ׃
Transliteration: Im lo ta'aminu ki lo te'amenu.
Word for Word Translation: If not you stand (intensive), then not you shall stand (reflexive).

I. Freedom for the Believer

1. Freedom is the birthright of every believer (New American Commentary)
2. Freedom is grounded in the believers relationship with Christ (NAC)
3. Freedom doesn't lead to theological anarchy (NAC)
4. Freedom is found in the context of what God gives and how God leads
5. Freedom is not a license to do as one pleases, but to live a life pleasing to God (note vs 13)
6. Freedom is a release from being bound, but living within healthy boundaries

II. Freedom From: (i.e. Deliverance From)

A. Legalism - unattainable perfection, thus we find grace
B. Punishment - deserved penalty, thus we find mercy
C. Captivity - the bondage of sin, thus we find deliverance, forgiveness and redemption

III. Freedom For:

A. Restoration and Relationship
B. Abundance and Provision
C. Fruitfulness and Productivity
D.  Righteousness and Holiness