This week at Imprint Church in Woodinville we continued our sermon series on “Freedom” and the book of Galatians.
You might have noticed that all of the previous topics have been about what we have been given freedom FROM or BY. Today, the letter of Galatians(5:1-15) shifts to a different mood. At the end of Paul’s letter here we are told what we’ve been given freedom TO do.
Our April 7th sermon focused on the theme “Freedom to Love”. Paul writes, “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. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14 ESV)
Here are some of the key messages that we want you to pick up from our sermon on Galatians 5:1-15 along with the places in the recordings where you can dive deeper into each point.
- (17:17) Until we understand fully that we don’t add or subtract to our salvation from our behavior, we still don’t get the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- (20:20) The truth of the Gospel gives us freedom to love Christ.
- How do we love Christ? (20:40) We don’t accept anything that would nullify the grace of God and (25:17) we work out our faith by love.
- (30:45) If you love God deeply, it will completely disrupt your life. Don’t just look for the “minimum requirements” to follow Jesus.
- (33:00) The truth of the gospel gives us freedom to love one another.
The challenge that pastor Darren presented at the end of our sermon was for you to pray for two things this week:
- Ask the Lord to help you love him more.
- Ask the Lord to help you love your neighbor.
If you weren’t able to join us for church in Woodinville on April 07, you can listen to the sermon podcast or watch the video recordings of the sermon on YouTube below.
Generosity Group Questions
Imprint Church has small community groups known as “Generosity Groups” that meet in Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, and other surrounding communities. To see a list of our Generosity Groups and who to contact for more information please visit our Community Page.
- Read Galatians 5:1-15
- What are some observations you had from these verses? Were there any new insights you learned from the text or from the sermon?
- Are we free to ignore God’s Word, disobey, or live any way we want? Explain.
- How does “freedom” work with “obedience”? Are those conflicting concepts? What do we learn about Gospel freedom from Galatians 5:1-15?
- Have you ever come close to losing (or actually lost) your gospel freedom (see Galatians 5:4)? How did this happen? What lessons can you draw from it?
- How can/do people misunderstand their freedom in Christ? How does freedom in Christ lead/result in obedience?
- In what situations do you find it hard to love others? How will remembering the hope we can have in Christ free us to increase in our love for Christ and our love for others?
- How does the gospel motivate us to truly love God and others? (cf. vs. 13-14) Be specific.
Next Sunday: Galatians 5:16-26 – Freedom To Walk By The Spirit
Imprint Church is a new church near Woodinville that was started in October, 2012. We are a non-denominational Christian Church with services every Sunday at 10AM.