We have just started a new teaching series at The King's Church Mid-Sussex on 'Freedom'. Last week Steve Cornford kicked this off by looking at Freedom from our past. You can hear the message here.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at 'Freedom from Unforgiveness', 'Freedom from Failure' and 'Freedom from Fear'. I believe this is going to be a really important series for many people.
The bottom line is this. Though we live in a nation that enables us to exercise our democratic vote with freedom. And though we live in a nation that enables us to express our faith with freedom. And though we have more options and choices than most other generations throughout history. And though the world is smaller and through social media our ability to communicate is much greater. And though there are more experiences and events to encounter. Though all of this is true.
Many people still live lives that are far from free.
And that's because true freedom is not the absence of restrictions nor is it the unending choices and options available to us (In fact many people suffer from a paralysis of having too much choice and the fear of making the wrong one). True freedom is not about my ability to experience all that life offers or my ability to travel wherever I want.
True freedom comes from within us not from outside of us.
True freedom comes from knowing who we are and being confident in that.
True freedom comes from knowing we don't have to compare ourselves to others.
True freedom comes from knowing that our mistakes don't need to dictate out future.
True freedom comes from knowing that other people's mistakes that have negatively impacted our lives don't need to dictate our future.
True freedom comes from knowing that worry does not add anything to us; it only robs us of something.
True freedom comes from knowing the one who is the freedom giver.
2 Corinthians 2 v 17 says this - "Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there if freedom"
That's why I am so excited by this teaching series.
Join us this Sunday as Kieran Dunne unpacks 'Freedom for Unforgiveness"