Sermon 11.13.11

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Backward Wisdom: Freedom through Slavery

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Sermon 11.13.11

  1. 1. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  2. 2. True Freedom
  3. 3. True Freedom Galatians 5:1It 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. (slavery=douleia)
  4. 4. True Freedom Galatians 5:13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedomto indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. (serve=douleow)
  5. 5. True Freedom Greek word douleow Means “to be a slave or to be controlled” …serve one another as slaves.
  6. 6. True Freedom Galatians 5:13 literally“You are now free, so don’t submit to slavery—but use your freedom to serve one another as slaves.”
  7. 7. True Freedom John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  8. 8. True Freedom Romans 1:1Paul, a servant (doulos) of ChristJesus, called to be an apostle andset apart for the gospel of God….
  9. 9. True Freedom 1 Peter 2:16 16 Live as free men, but do not useyour freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants (doulos) of God. (NIV 1984)
  10. 10. True Freedom 1 Peter 2:16 16 Live as free people, but do notuse your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God‟s slaves. (NIV 2011)
  11. 11. True Freedom 1 Corinthians 9:19Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself aslave (douloo) to everyone, to win as many as possible.
  12. 12. True Freedom Key relationships between freedom and slavery: FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY FREEDOM FOR SLAVERY FREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY
  13. 13. True Freedom FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY The Bible acknowledges & stands against human slavery . . .
  14. 14. True Freedom FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY The Bible acknowledges & stands against human slavery . . . . . . but it focuses on more radical forms of slavery.
  15. 15. True FreedomSlavery to the Law
  16. 16. True FreedomSlavery to the Law
  17. 17. True FreedomSlavery to the Law Galatians 3:13Christ redeemed us from the curseof the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
  18. 18. True FreedomSlavery to the Law Acts 13:38-39 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to knowthat through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”
  19. 19. True FreedomSlavery to the Law Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
  20. 20. True FreedomSlavery to SinJohn 8:31-36 To the Jews who had believedhim, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 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?”
  21. 21. True FreedomSlavery to Sin John 8:31-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  22. 22. True FreedomSlavery to Sin Root of slavery=sin “addictions”
  23. 23. True FreedomSlavery to Sin John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Root of slavery=sin “addictions”
  24. 24. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY God freed Israel from slavery toPharaoh so that they might become His slaves
  25. 25. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY Leviticus 25:55For the Israelites belong to me as servants.They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
  26. 26. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY Israelites receive God as Lord to be set free from slavery Christians receive Christ as Lord to be set free from slavery
  27. 27. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For Christ‟s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
  28. 28. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY The beauty of the Bond Slave “free to be a slave”
  29. 29. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY Deuteronomy 15:16-17 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off withyou, 17 then take an awl and push it through his ear lobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your maidservant.
  30. 30. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY Psalm 40:6-8 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. 8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
  31. 31. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY The beauty of the Bond Slave “free to be a slave”
  32. 32. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY “In (21st) century Christianity we have replaced the expression „totalsurrender‟ with the word „commitment,‟ and „slave‟ with „servant.‟ But there is an important difference. A servant gives service to someone, but a slave belongs to someone. We commit ourselves to do something, but when we surrender ourselves to someone, we give ourselves up.”
  33. 33. True FreedomFREEDOM FOR SLAVERY 1 Peter 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants (doulos) of God.
  34. 34. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Freedom “the absence of all restraints” “the absence of hindrance, restraint, confinement, repression”“the ability to live as God has designed you to live”
  35. 35. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Freedom
  36. 36. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Freedom The more selfish freedom you seek,then more enslaved to sin you become BUT the more you become Jesus’ slave, the more true freedom you experience.
  37. 37. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Galatians 5:13-15 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Theentire law is summed up in a single command:“Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keepon biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
  38. 38. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Freedom The more selfish freedom you seek,then more enslaved to sin you become BUT the more you become Jesus’ slave, the more true freedom you experience.
  39. 39. True Freedom#1 Freedom from slavery to the Law “A life in redemption” #2 Freedom for slavery to Him “A life living for God”#3 Freedom through slavery to Him “A life of service to others”
  40. 40. True FreedomFREEDOM THROUGH SLAVERY Freedom

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