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WHO ME? SET FREE? – Intro to Lesson 6 – February 16 – 23

Imagine what it would have been like to be a slave.  Whether your chains were visible or not, there would be little or no freedom for you.  Your time and energy would be spent in doing the things that your master directed you to do.  Your owner would have control of where you lived and with whom you lived.  Any freedom to speak up, to explain your intentions or desires, or to communicate in meaningful ways would depend solely on the temperament and discretion of those who were in charge of your life.  The one thing that would have been totally forbidden was to attempt to run away or to escape.  The consequences would have been far too great to risk.

It is fascinating to consider this vivid picture when you read what Paul says about what life is like without Jesus, isn’t it?  He uses the term “slaves to sin” in order to help us grasp the hopelessness and helplessness of our condition.  On our own we could not escape what owned us and the choices that we made because of our dire situation.  But God in His mercy didn’t leave us without a plan of escape, a way to experience new life and freedom.  Through faith that old master, called sin, no longer has the final say, but “just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  (Romans 5: 4)

Don’t these truths make you want to join in and sing with great enthusiasm the praise song, “No Longer Slaves”? (Bethel Music)

“I am surrounded by the arms of the Father. I am surrounded by songs of deliverance.

We’re delivered from our bondage   We’re the sons and the daughters.   Let us sing our freedom.

I’m no longer a slave to fear.  Yes, I am a child of God. I’m no longer a slave to fear. Yes, I am a child of God.”

God’s Radical Grace – Insight Lesson 5

You can’t really explain it any better than Paul did in Romans 5: 1 – 2                   “Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King.  Jesus leads us into a place of…Continue Reading

100% Certainty? – Insight for Lesson 4

Do you think that faith means 100% certainly?  No doubts, no questions, no uncertainty?  Perhaps it is for some people, but for most of us this is a great working definition for the word faith.  “Faith is belief plus unbelief and the willingness to act on the belief part.”  (R. Pritchard)   As it says in…Continue Reading

Returning to Wonder and Awe – Insight for Lesson 3

Why is it that adults generally lose much of their spontaneous sense of wonder?  Their willingness to simply be amazed? Their God-given sense of awe or astonishment?  Is it their need to feel in control or their subtle desire to be viewed as mature?  Is it simply the “been there, done that” syndrome that causes…Continue Reading

Ashamed or Embarrassed? – Insight for Lesson 1

Do you think that there is a difference between these 2 emotions?  Perhaps being ashamed is an internal struggle with feelings of shame, guilt, reluctance or inferiority, while embarrassment happens in a social setting when someone feels awkward, ill at ease, or overly self-conscious.  When it came to sharing the Good News that Christ had…Continue Reading