Darren Larson - February 17, 2013

Freedom from the Past

God’s grace can redeem our past, to show His glory in the present, and bring us freedom in the future. This was our second week in the “Freedom” series on the book of Galatians at Imprint Church in Woodinville. The key idea on this sermon was “Freedom from the Past” with a focus on Galatians 1:13-2:14. Everyone has a story. This story is made up of events and experiences that explain you. If you were to take a minute and think about the the experiences in your life that made a difference for the trajectory of your life, what would you come up with? Who are you? Every story has something in common – our past has made an influence on who we are today. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes that’s not so good. However, the Bible tells us some good news: in Christ, our past does not define our present or our futures. This is Freedom Statement #2 in our Galatians series. The Apostle Paul understood this. He tell us his story in Galatians 1:13-2:14. He tells his story because he wants his hearers to understand that God’s amazing grace can redeem life stories of all types – even his own! Pre-Christian Paul was violent, destructive, and extremely zealous for the wrong things. But he explains in Galatians 1:15 that the Lord set him apart before he was born, and…called him by his grace…” We need to learn to acknowledge our sins and repent of them. Then we need to receive God’s forgiveness. And finally we need to forgive ourselves and find freedom to live by God’s approval of us and not our own approval of ourselves. This will change our present and our future. Key Learning Points Here are some of the key learning points from this sermon on Galatians, along with the time in the recording where you can hear them. In Christ, my past does not define my present or my future. (8:15) Paul’s story show us this: No one is so good they don’t need the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No one is so bad they cannot receive the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (21:21) God’s grace can redeem our past (22:26), to show His glory in the present (31:56), and bring us freedom in the future (38:24). The four things that characterize a person that can’t forgive themselves. (27:31) Paul shows us that we must have the courage to be vulnerable and speak personally about what God’s grace means to us. (33:00) How do you escape self-condemnation to get the freedom that the bible describes? (41:08)

Scripture References: Galatians 1:13-24

From Series: "Freedom"

This sermon series from Imprint Church in Woodinville was based on the book of Galatians in the New Testament. In our “Freedom” series, we looked at what the author Paul has to say about gaining our freedom in Jesus Christ. Some of us are not free. We don’t feel free. We may even try to gain our freedom through sacrifices like going to church, praying, or serving, but we still don’t have a deep sense of freedom. And while we may not think of some of these things as sacrifices we make to be free, somewhere in our hearts there is a hiccup that tells us that we owe something to God in order for him to really accept us. The idea that we have to “fight for our freedom” is ingrained in us. Or maybe you’re a Christian and already believe you are saved by grace (not works), but then you “move on” to deeper things after the initial grace of Jesus receives you and lose sight of those beautifully simple gift. Our goal in this sermon series is to set you free from the bondage of works based religion and acceptance.

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