Galatians 5:1-4<br />It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burden...
Galatians 5:1-4<br />yourselves be circumcis-ed, Christ will be of no value to you at all.  And again I declare to every m...
Galatians 5:1-4<br />You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from ...
Give Me Liberty,<br />Or Give Me Death<br />
“Liberty can<br />no more exist<br />without virtue <br />and independence,<br />than the body <br />can live and move<br ...
Galatians<br />
Author:  Paul<br />Date:  49 A.D.<br />Place:  Antioch<br />Purpose:<br />Liberty vs. Law<br />Galatians<br />
The Problem<br />And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according ...
The Problem<br />And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension & debate with them, it was determined that Paul and Barna...
The Problem<br />apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this issue.<br />Acts 15:2<br />When they arrived in Jerusale...
The Problem<br />the Pharisees who had believed, stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circum-cise them, and to direct the...
The Problem<br />And the apostles and the elders came to-gether to look into this matter … and there was much debate!<br /...
The Problem<br />Law/Grace<br />Tradition/Truth<br />Liberty/Slavery<br />Custom/Christ<br />Religion/Relationship<br />
Galatians<br />Release<br />Reconciliation<br />Relationship<br />
Solution<br />And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!<br />
Solution<br />I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me!<br />John 14:6<br />
Eph. 2:8-9<br />For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of your-selves, it is the gift of God; not as...
Give me liberty, or give me death!<br />
Galatians 5:1<br />It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to...
Galatians 5:13<br />For you were called to freedom, brethren!<br />
When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, in order that He might redeem...
we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts...
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A sermon on Liberty in Christ presented July 4, 2010, at Palm Desert Church of Christ, by Dale Wells

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  • We celebrate our freedom on the 4th of July, but even our Declaration of Independence defines freedom as a gift from God. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • How many Constitutions has the United States had?Two. The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States. It was in effect from 1781 to 1789. In 1789, our second (and current) Constitution went into effect after it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.
  • The role of Congress is to: Make lawsArticle I, Section 1 of the Constitution &quot;All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.&quot; The phrase &quot;legislative powers&quot; means the power to make laws.The executive branch (President) is tasked with enforcing laws.The judicial branch (Supreme Court) is tasked with interpreting laws
  • What are the first ten Constitutional amendments called? The Bill of Rights. After the Constitution was first written in 1787, there was concern among some people that the federal government would become too powerful. The first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were added in 1791 to put a check on the power of the national government and to protect the individual rights of all Americans.
  • When have the President and Vice President belonged to different parties?When John Adams was president. Before the passage of the 12th Amendment in 1804, the presidential candidate with the second-highest number of electoral votes would become vice president. The only time two candidates of different parties became president and vice president under this original constitutional provision was in the election of 1796 when Adams (a Federalist) became president and Thomas Jefferson (a Democratic-Republican) became vice president. The only other time the president and vice president have not belonged to the same party was when Abraham Lincoln (a Republican) chose Andrew Johnson (a former Democrat and member of neither party) to be his running mate in the election of 1864.
  • Who was the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation?John Hanson. George Washington became the first president under the U.S. Constitution in 1789. But John Hanson became the first president under the Articles of Confederation eight years earlier, in 1781. Hanson approved the great seal of the United States that is still used today and led the fight to make statehood possible for the western territories.Six other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) - all prior to Washington taking office. Why don&apos;t we ever hear about the first seven Presidents? The Articles of Confederation didn&apos;t work. Individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed upon. Hence our Constitution was written. 
  • Until the 25th Amendment was passed, what happened if the Vice President died in office?There would be no vice president until the next presidential election. There were many times in U.S. history when the office of vice president remained vacant, including after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 (when Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency). In 1967, the 25th Amendment was ratified. Section 2 says: &quot;Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.“The resignation of Spiro Agnew triggered the first use of the 25th Amendment, when Richard Nixon nominated Gerald Ford as his successor. The second time was when Ford, after becoming President upon Nixon&apos;s resignation, chose Nelson Rockefeller to succeed himself as Vice President.
  • What does a vexillologist study?Flags. A vexillum was a military standard used by Roman troops.
  • Officially, why is the flag red, white &amp; blue?There is no official reason. The Continental Congress left no record of why they chose those three colors. However, the Congress of the Confederation chose the same three colors for the Great Seal of the United States: red for valor and hardiness, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • The original American flag has thirteen stars in a circle. The stars, which represent colonies, are in a circle so no colony would be the &quot;first colony&quot;.George Washington said this should be so.
  • Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside-down?Yes. It is a distress signal.
  • Liberty can no more exist without virtue and independence, than the body can live and move without a soul.“--John Adams, 2nd U.S. president.
  • In Galatians, Paul makes the point that Christian liberty is not a license to keep on sinning. To receive salvation is to begin a process of working it out in life. Gal. 5:1 “For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free”This verse, along with Gal_2:20, captures Paul&apos;s message. Galatians 2:20 NIV I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.His theme is grace, God&apos;s grace alone by which persons can be saved. Christ is the source of grace, and freedom is the result of it in our lives.
  • Paul’s doctrine of grace is dangerous!” cried the Judaizers. “It replaces Law with license. Why, if we do away with our rules and abandon our high standards, the churches will fall apart.”First-century Judaizers are not the only ones afraid to depend on God’s grace. Legalists today warn that we dare not teach people about the liberty we have in Christ lest it result in religious anarchy. These people misunderstand Paul’s teaching about grace.The Christian who lives by faith is not going to become a rebel. He is going to experience the inner discipline of God that is far better than the outer discipline of man-made rules. The legalist is the one who eventually rebels, because he is depending on the flesh, living for self, and seeking the praise of men and not the glory of God.Paul’s doctrine of liberty through grace is not dangerous. It is legalism that is dangerous, because legalism attempts to do the impossible: change the old nature and make it obey the Laws of God.
  • We do well to rehearse the nature of that freedom.1. Release. &quot;God sent forth His son … to redeem those who were under the law&quot; (Gal_4:4-5). 2. Reconciliation.We were made for friendship and fellowship with God. By disobedience and rebellion we ended up alienated from God. Through Christ&apos;s death, the lost relationship between man and God is restored.2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV … God … reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: (19) that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men&apos;s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.3. Relationsip: &quot;You are no longer a servant but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ&quot; (Gal_4:7).Freedom is not only exit—exit from every form of slavery; it is entrance—entrance into a new life of the buoyant freedom of belonging.
  • &quot;Give me Liberty, or give me Death!&quot; is a famous quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. This speech persuaded the convention to commit Virginia’s military to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, &quot;give me liberty or give me death!“The truth is that those are our only spiritual options: Liberty in Christ, or Death apart from Christ.
  • Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. --Daniel BoorstinGal 5:1 Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations. Not free to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires. Rather, thanks to Christ, we are now free and able to do what was impossible before—to live unselfishly. Those who appeal to their freedom so that they can have their own way or indulge their own desires are falling back into sin. But it is also wrong to put a burden of llegalism on Christians.
  • Freedom does not mean the absence of constraints or moral absolutes Suppose a skydiver at 10 000 feet announces to the rest of the group I m not using a parachute this time I want freedom The fact is that a skydiver is constrained by a greater law the law of gravity But when the skydiver chooses the constraint of the parachute she is free to enjoy the exhilaration God s moral laws act the same way they restrain but they are absolutely necessary to enjoy the exhilaration of real freedom We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. --William Faulkner
  • Gal 4:3-7 Before Christ came and died for sins, people were in bondage to the law. Thinking they could be saved by it, they became enslaved to trying—and failing—to keep it. But we who were once slaves are now God&apos;s very own children who have an intimate relationship with him.
  • Example of a kite. The freedom to fly is related to the string The thing that holds the kite to earth is what keeps it in the sky Cut the string and what will happen to the kite It will fall. But the string which seems to bind it allows it to fly
  • Colossians 2:6-23 NIV So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, (7) rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (8) See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (9) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, (10) and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (11) In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, (12) having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. (13) When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, (14) having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. The choice: * Liberty in Christ, or * Death apart from him.
  • 100704 liberty or death

    1. 1. Galatians 5:1-4<br />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. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let <br />
    2. 2. Galatians 5:1-4<br />yourselves be circumcis-ed, Christ will be of no value to you at all. And again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.<br />
    3. 3. Galatians 5:1-4<br />You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.<br />
    4. 4. Give Me Liberty,<br />Or Give Me Death<br />
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    15. 15. “Liberty can<br />no more exist<br />without virtue <br />and independence,<br />than the body <br />can live and move<br />without a soul” <br />John Adams<br />
    16. 16. Galatians<br />
    17. 17. Author: Paul<br />Date: 49 A.D.<br />Place: Antioch<br />Purpose:<br />Liberty vs. Law<br />Galatians<br />
    18. 18. The Problem<br />And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the cus-tom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”<br />Acts 15:1<br />
    19. 19. The Problem<br />And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension & debate with them, it was determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others should go up to the<br />Acts 15:2<br />
    20. 20. The Problem<br />apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this issue.<br />Acts 15:2<br />When they arrived in Jerusalem … certain ones from the sect of<br />Acts 15:4-5<br />
    21. 21. The Problem<br />the Pharisees who had believed, stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circum-cise them, and to direct them to ob-serve the Law of Moses.”<br />Acts 15:4-5<br />
    22. 22. The Problem<br />And the apostles and the elders came to-gether to look into this matter … and there was much debate!<br />Acts 15:6-7<br />
    23. 23. The Problem<br />Law/Grace<br />Tradition/Truth<br />Liberty/Slavery<br />Custom/Christ<br />Religion/Relationship<br />
    24. 24. Galatians<br />Release<br />Reconciliation<br />Relationship<br />
    25. 25. Solution<br />And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!<br />
    26. 26. Solution<br />I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me!<br />John 14:6<br />
    27. 27. Eph. 2:8-9<br />For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of your-selves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works.<br />
    28. 28. Give me liberty, or give me death!<br />
    29. 29. Galatians 5:1<br />It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.<br />
    30. 30. Galatians 5:13<br />For you were called to freedom, brethren!<br />
    31. 31. When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, in order that He might redeem those who are under law, that<br />Gal. 4:4-7<br />
    32. 32. we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”<br />Gal. 4:4-7<br />
    33. 33. Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.<br />Gal. 4:4-7<br />
    34. 34. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.<br />John 8:36<br />
    35. 35. Liberty<br />Death<br />The Message: Col. 2:6-14<br />

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