Freedom For The Captives

Freedom For The Captives

We need all hearts participating to lead them, to lift them, and to love them to freedom.

Isaiah 61:1
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners

  • Lip Synching Won’t Lead People
    • Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them
    • Presence does not mean participation
    • You can be present and not participate
    • Imagine if Paul And Silas would have been lip synching praise in the prison
  • Lip Service Won’t Lift People
    • Matthew 15:7-9 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”
    • It took a collective song to lift the sleigh
    • It must move beyond the head to the heart
    • More than an intellectual exercise…an inspirational transformation that transfers the glory from religious rules that cannot save to relationship with Christ that does save
    • “You better sing from your heart if you want to get this thing off the ground.”
  • Don’t Go Back – The Danger Of Drift
    • Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
    • Historical – Freedom Was Building Habits Based On Personal Preference
    • Old Habits Are Hard To Break
      • The converted Jews were tempted to go back to a system that was based on human effort versus God’s grace in Christ
      • I got out, but there is something inside of that craves rules, there is something inside of me that wants to make egocentric and about human effort
      • But I was more comfortable in what I knew
      • Our Habits Must Be Tried By Truth Not Heritage And Personal History
    • Positional – Freedom Was A Place In Their Past
      • Freedom Can Make Us Fearful When The Future Is Uncertain To Us
      • The Israelites Wanted To Back To Egypt
      • The Fear Of God Not Delivering
      • That’s not real life… Back in high school, college, young married..
        • Like putting vanilla ice cream on a filet…
        • Freedom Is Future Focused
      • If I Could Just Get Back To…
    • Professional – Freedom Was A Profession That Always Produced
      • Peter went back to fishing
      • Faith Doesn’t Have A Fall Back Plan
        • Jumping out of plane, Jesus is the parachute
        • You choose to jump, but you are counting on Jesus and only Jesus to save you
      • The Fear Of God’s Plan Not Providing
        • Financially
        • Forgiveness For Rejection
  • What’s The Big Deal?
    • It is Not About My History, It Is About His Story
    • It’s Not About The Place, It’s About The Person Named Jesus
    • It’s Not About The Profession, It’s About The People Held Captive And Christ Came To Set Them Free
    • We Need All Hearts Participating To Lead Them, To Lift Them And To Love Them To Freedom

Galatians 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery