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Zak Graves 2

FREEDOM -ZAK GRAVES

FREEDOM

ZAK GRAVES

Galatians 5:1

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 

We have been set free. Let that truth wash over you and sink in. All of our sins, past, present, and future, were paid for when Jesus died on the cross for us. That doesn’t mean the struggle goes away, though. Some people think that when you become a Christian everything will be sunshine and daises, but this isn’t true. Many times the allure of sin becomes even stronger after becoming a Christian, because the enemy of our souls desires to draw us away from the one who brings freedom.

Temptation can become so strong sometimes that there seems like there is no way of battling it or ever winning. But Jesus has already won and we have been set free. Speak that over yourself and bask in that freedom. Maybe you’re stuck in a certain sin area and you have no idea how to break out of it. Here’s the thing though; you can’t. But Jesus can and has. If you truly desire to be free of your sin struggle then ask for forgiveness and give it to God. Don’t believe the lie for a second that you’re too far gone or that your sin has marred you too much to ever approach God again. You are never too far gone for Jesus, so stand firm and accept the freedom that only Jesus can offer.

QUESTION 1. Do you have a sin struggle that seems unbreakable?
QUESTION 2. How have you tried combating it in the past?
CHALLENGE: Take on your sin struggle. Start with prayer and then put physical strategies in place to keep that struggle at bay. Remember, Jesus has already set you free, now, you just need to walk in this new freedom.
mike neumann 2

FREEDOM -MIKE NEUMANN

FREEDOM

MIKE NEUMANN

Luke 4:16-21 He [Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. 20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Imagine for a moment, you are sitting in the synagogue where Jesus is teaching. Picture the synagogue attendant handing Jesus the scroll on which Isaiah’s prophecy was written. Imagine the Lord unrolling the scroll to what we now know as Isaiah 61 and beginning to read. As He read the scroll, He finished His reading by saying, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” This is an amazingly bold statement! Jesus is saying in the clearest possible manner that he is the Messiah of Israel. Wow, right? Jesus is saying that he came to deal with the enormous problems that have afflicted mankind throughout history. For example,

Poverty. To preach the gospel to the poor.
Bondage. To proclaim freedom to the captives.
Suffering. To give recovery of sight to the blind.
Oppression. To set free those who are oppressed.

Simply, Jesus came and presented himself as the answer to all that ills and torments us. And the good news is that it is true–whether you think of these ills in a physical sense or in a spiritual sense. Christ is the answer and only in Christ can you truly be free from all the garbage that clutters and smells up our lives.

QUESTION 1. If you were to take a good hard look at your life, do you like the person you’ve become? (Explain)
QUESTION 2. Is there a sin that is catching up with you? Is there joy and freedom, as described in this passage, missing in your life? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to be like Mike and become reacquainted with Jesus, the Messiah. Let Him take over your life and give you the freedom and joy you desire. No more excuses! Let God know how you feel in prayer and live boldly for Christ, letting the people around you know about the good news and freedom that comes only from him.
even giannakas

FREEDOM -EVAN GIANNAKAS

FREEDOM

EVAN GIANNAKAS

Ezekiel 36:26-27

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will be careful to observe my ordinances.

 Even as professing Christians, many of us have allowed our hearts to be tamed by the world. We are so obsessed with the American dream, with money, fame, business, and all the comforts the world has to offer. We get so complacent we couldn’t imagine stepping outside our bubble. It is so safe and easy where I am at; why would I?

But in reality, the Christianity that Jesus calls us to is wild, crazy, untamed, and uncomfortable. So many of us, even after we begin a relationship with God, still live our old lives as if God should conform to us, not the other way around. He is calling us to a life untamed, a life that isn’t handcuffed to the American dream. It is a life overflowing with love, joy, and grace.

Ask yourself, are you living the comfortable, easy life or are you living a life full of Jesus? It is okay if you have been living comfortably, but now is the time to break it off. Jump out of your comfort zone. Start a Bible study at your school, attend the church you’ve wanted to try, ask to be a youth leader, go on a mission trip. These are uncomfortable pursuits, but they are pursuits that will unshackle your heart from this world. We all get one life. Only one. As William Wallace says in Braveheart, “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” Make it count; live for Jesus.

QUESTION 1. What are you pursuing? Do you feel tamed?
QUESTION 2. What is stopping you from living a wild and crazy life with Jesus?
CHALLENGE: Live a life untamed. Step out of your comfort zone and be Jesus to the world.
Karissa Williams 2

FREEDOM -KARYSSA WILLIAMS

FREEDOM

KARYSSA WILLIAMS

Freedom

John 8:31-32

 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 Our world is steeped in lies like a tea bag in hot water, saturating every bit of it. We are told from the earliest age that if we don’t look like models we’ll never succeed or be beautiful. We are told that we’ll never be good enough for anything. Most of what we watch, read in magazines, and listen to pumps the soul-crushing death of lies into us without our ever realizing it. We believe these lies every single day. But these lies keep us from living the full life that God has for us. Instead, we live under the weight of the enemy. When we believe the enemy’s lies, he wins.

But, where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Accept that truth, embrace it and bask in it. You are chosen. You are loved and God adores you to no end. Just think about that, the creator of everything and everyone loves and cherishes you more than you could ever imagine. We must become a people whose lives aren’t ruled by lies and realize that Jesus always wins. He came to give us life and set us free forever. It’s your choice, do you want to continue under the bondage of lies or do you want to accept the truth and be set free?

QUESTION 1. What lies have you believed? The list might be extensive so jot some down.
QUESTION 2. How often do you spend time with Jesus? The more time you spend with Him the harder it’ll be for lies to break in.
CHALLENGE: Next time you start to believe a lie, speak truth over yourself. Ask that God would pour his love on you and then banish that lie back to where it came from. Be free.
Bryanna Tabler 2

FREEDOM -BRYANNA TABLER

FREEDOM

BRYANNA TABLER

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.

Have you ever felt that you weren’t good enough, athletic enough, smart enough or talented enough? Well, we have good news for you, you’re not alone! God more often than not uses the small and weaker things of this world to shame the wise and arrogant. We must always remember that it’s God who deserves the glory and it’s God who deserves the praise, not us. If you are feeling like you just aren’t good enough to do something for God and for others, maybe you have been too focused on you and not focused enough on God. That is, if God is calling you to do something for his glory, then you don’t have to worry about being good enough, smart enough or talented enough to do it. As the Apostle Paul says, “if God is for you, who can be against you” (Romans 8:31). If you don’t believe us, just look at the story of Moses (in Exodus), the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), Jesus’ disciples (in the Gospels), the life of the Apostle Paul (in Acts), and the list can go on and on. God will give you the strength you need to accomplish any mission he wants you to accomplish. Just be strong, stay focused, and trust in the Lord, and he will provide all you will need to fulfill his mission.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever felt that you weren’t good enough, athletic enough, smart enough or talented enough? Explain.
QUESTION 2. Have you been looking for ways to serve God, but have been too afraid to do it because of your insecurities?
CHALLENGE: God will place you in places that he can use you. We challenge you to keep your senses open to what God wants to do through you. And, when He calls upon you, don’t hold back, but watch how God will move mountains through you.
steve grabosch lg 7

FREEDOM -STEVE GRABOSCH

FREEDOM

STEVE GRABOSCH

Luke 8:7 & 14 (7) Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. (14) The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”

Have you ever been in a situation or relationship that just seemed to choke the life out of you? Sometimes we get stuck in the thorns of life, we get stuck in a place that we don’t want to be and then wonder why God allowed all this horrible stuff to happen to us in the first place. Sometimes we even blame God for what our bad choices produced. Have some of your choices gotten you into a bad situation? If they have, please know that it’s not too late to change your situation. God often does what we think is impossible, and he promises to set us free and remove the thorns that tear us down and hurt us if we will only turn to him.

QUESTION 1. Read Luke 8:7&14. What are the thorns in your life?
QUESTION 2. What choices can you make to turn back towards God and experience the freedom that only he can give?
CHALLENGE: Make the choice to follow Christ and stop blaming him for all your bad choices. Experience all the love and freedom that come with an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ today.
pastor john timothy freedom large

FREEDOM -PASTOR JOHN TIMOTHY

FREEDOM

PASTOR JOHN TIMOTHY

The Bible says in John 8:36 that he whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Most people have some form of garbage in their lives. It comes in the form of addictions or maybe bad habits that we’ve attained over the years.

Some of you may have a problem with swearing, and just like in this video you probably could have released a whole dictionary of your own personal bad language.

Some of you may have found lying as a great way out of a particular situation and now you are trapped in a much larger web of lies. Whether you are struggling with lying, swearing, drug or alcohol abuse, or lustful thoughts this Scripture still holds true. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; but behold, the new has come.

Regardless of what garbage you may have in your life, know this, God can take it from you, he can take it all from you! All you need to do is ask him to take it, and when you do, and this is important, you need to actually let him take it.

So how do you do this? Simple, first begin by getting on your knees and confessing your garbage to him, asking him to take the garbage out of your life. Second, pending on what your habit or addiction is, you may need to seek further help. This may come in the form of a Pastor, counselor, parent or friend. In some cases all the above is needed. But regardless of your addiction or bad habit if you truly give it over to God, we promise that you will definitely see the change in your life. God will help you and you can truly proclaim, free at last!

QUESTION 1. What garbage do you have in your life?
QUESTION 2. Is it time to get on your knees and ask God to take the garbage out of your life?
CHALLENGE: Take time today, get on your knees, and ask God to take the garbage out of your life for good!