I just finished working the Disciple Now here at Sherwood. It was a really great weekend. I had 8th graders, all THIRTY of them! But we had a lot of fun. Needless to say, I am EXHAUSTED on this dreary Monday.
The weekend was themed around Freedom in Christ. We constantly went back to Galatians 5:1 in our studies “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”. Brent Crowe spoke, and did an incredible job of getting on the students’ level and preaching the Word so that they could understand it although some of it was a lot deeper than they were used to going.
So I am just going to include some stuff we discussed this weekend, as encouragement for you to learn what it means to live freely in Christ.
John Calvin said “If I don’t understand freedom, I don’t understand the Gospel”. This is so true. The Gospel preaches Freedom.
I do not love God because He is glorious. I love God because He loved me first.
God has uniquely crafted each and every one of us – we do not have to change those unique things about us when we become a new creation in Him. He gave us our personalities and talents so that we can use them for His glory!
Pain is a part of life. But it is in tragedy that those who live in freedom are confident!
Salvation is a point in time, but it is also a process.
Lee Strobel explains Hell in a way I had never thought of: Hell is actually the mercy of God, because it is better to be burning in hell than to be in sin in the presence of the Holy God for all eternity.
You may not live what you profess, but you will live what you believe – it is inescapable.
There is no room for entitlement in God’s freedom!
BE SOMEONE WHO IS KNOWN AS ONE WHO CRIES OUT TO GOD!