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FREEDOM NIGHT— 7/2/17

Good Morning!

We had a blast last night at youth for FREEDOM NIGHT. We were so inspired by some of your backstories on 6/11 that we decided that one
night wasn’t enough, and we wanted to give our students another night to share what God was doing in their live sand laying on their hearts. Our hope for FREEDOM NIGHT is that students began grasp what it truly means to live in the freedom that God desires us to live in.

Freedom is defined as the ability to move or act as desired; release from something unpleasant; a political right.

There were two main verses in last night’s Scripture passage that most of us have probably heard before.

A. John 8:32NIV— “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
B. John 8:36— So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

These verses are powerful, especially when you read them in the entire passage they were written in.

Text: John 8:31-36

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

This passage tells us that we will know the truth when we hold to Jesus’ teachings. The word for “truth” here in this passage in the Greek is the same word used in John 14:6— “…I am the way and the truth and the life…” Jesus is TRUTH, and we can truly know him and his truth and freedom when we hold to his teachings!The people that Jesus was talking to claimed they had never been slaves because of who they were(descendants of Abraham–the father of our faith) and the rituals and ceremonies. This is the same as people today saying, “I’m a Christian. I’ve grown up in church my entire life. How can you tell me I’m a slave to something and need to be set free???” Jesus reminded them that anyone who has sinned is a slave to sin. That means that you and I became slaves to sin the moment we sinned! Just as Jesus said that slaves have no place or inheritance in the family, our sin keeps us from having a place in the family of God. However, there is GREAT news.
God desired us to be a part of his family so much that Jesus gave his life on the cross to erase our label of “slave to sin” and replaced with “Child of God”! The moment we place our faith in Jesus, we are no longer slaves. We are children of God.

Check out the lyrics from “FREEDOM REIGNS” that we looked at last night:

Where the spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
Where the spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom

Lift Your eyes to heaven
There is freedom
Lift Your eyes to heaven

2 Corinthians 3:17 says, Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,  there is freedom. We know that, when we have a relationship with Christ that his Spirit lives within us and goes with us everywhere we go. So why would we ever have a situation where we don’t experience the freedom that God has given us? Anytime we choose to do something that goes against the teachings of Jesus, it like we are leaving the Holy Spirit behind and choosing to go forward without the freedom God has given us. Are there areas of your life that you aren’t experiencing freedom in?

Freedom reigns in this place
Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on every face
There is freedom

Reigns—Royal authority; dominion or sway , or influence of one resembling a monarch. To possess or exercise sovereign power. To exercise authority
in the manner of a monarch. When we live under the freedom that we have in and through Christ, freedom rules our life and any situation that we may face!
Showers of mercy and grace— Think of someone who has been in a downpour. Everybody can tell that they have just been in a downpour because they are drenched in water. When God rains down his mercy and grace upon our  lives, everyone can tell that we have been drenched by the presence of God. When we are drenched by God’s mercy and grace, it opens the door for freedom to fall on every face because others want the freedom that we have!

If You’re tired and thirsty
There is freedom
If You’re tired and thirsty
There is freedom

Give Your all to Jesus
Give him all, there is freedom
Give Your all to Jesus
There is freedom

Typically, we rest when we are tired and thirsty, but we really need to give God all we have left. Mark 12:41-44 says,  41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

You may feel like you don’t have much to offer God. The good news is—Whatever you have to offer is good enough!

If your burden’s heavy
He brings freedom
If your burden’s heavy
He brings freedom

If you’re hurt and broken
He brings freedom
If you’re hurt and broken
He brings freedom

Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  If you’re carrying something that is weighing you down, that’s not God’s plan for
your life!

We gave this challenge to the youth to think about— “God doesn’t just want you to give you freedom in your backstory. He wants to give you freedom in your life story!” God wants doesn’t just want give you freedom a certain situation in your life. He desires to give you freedom in every area and situation in your life!

We closed out the night by having some students take some quiet time while we played the song, FREEDOM REIGNS. Once the song was over, several students and leaders shared what God had laid on their heart, prayed a prayer over the group, and shared about something God had done in their lives.

See you Sunday!

-Pastor Dustin