“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” -Galatians 5:13
Abuse of freedom leads to death of freedom. Christian liberty is not unrestrained freedom…there are certain guidelines wherein we live.
We are not called to sin so that grace may abound. (Romans 5:20-6:1) God has called to freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.
You are free from the law of sin and death to serve the One who set you free. (Romans 8:1-11)
Use your freedom in Christ for the good of others…to love and serve them. (Galatians 5:13)
“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” -Galatians 4:7
To see the law by Christ fulfilled, to hear his pardoning voice; changes a slave into a child and duty into choice. -William Cowper, via Tullian Tchividjian’s Twitter
Sunday School | Philemon 1:1-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
In everyday life, the paths of Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus probably never would have crossed, but God is sovereign and He had a plan! Don’t take it for granted when God puts someone in front of you.
1)A Changed Life (vs. 8-11) Onesimus was a thief and didn’t love his master Philemon. He ran away. He ran into Paul, trusted Christ, and now was repentant and submissive. (In God’s eyes, masters and slaves are equal. Ephesians 6:1-9)
2)Paul’s Appeal (vs. 12-16) Paul Expected Philemon to be accepting of Onesimus and to treat him like a brother rather than a disobedient slave.
Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus were all submissive to Christ and did everything for His glory! (Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:6)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 | Pastor Steve Wainright
>Some gifts were temporary and some were permanent. They were all given by the Spirit to serve other people, not exalt yourself.
>The temporary gifts of healing, miracles, tongues and interpretation were God’s stamp of approval on the Gospel message that was being heard for the first time. They were given to authenticate the Word that was spoken. (vs. 9-10)
>vs. 8-Word of wisdom=being able to understand God’s Word and apply it to life. (Preaching, counseling, explaining the Gospel in a simple way!)
-Word of knowledge=interpret what God’s Word is saying and teach it to others
>vs. 9-Faith (saving faith=Ephesians 2:8-9), also given proportionately (people who believe God is going to do big things; ex: George Mueller thanked God for what He was going to do); Hebrews 11; Matthew 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 13:2
vs. 9-Healing: Man cannot heal. God is the only One who heals and He deserves all the glory. Given to authenticate the Word that was spoken.
-Miracles (only explained by divine intervention); Purpose=John 20:30-31, So that people may have faith in Christ; Acts 2:22 (authenticated the Gospel and its messengers)
vs. 10- Prophecy (proclaim God’s Word); Purpose=to encourage and build u pin faith (ch. 14:3); =the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10)
-The gift of tongues was given to authenticate the Gospel.
*The Holy Spirit gifts each child of God. God gives of His own will.
*We’re all “idiots” meaning we’re all unique and individually gifted by God as He chooses!