Pastor Shane Ham : Called to Be Free

Remedy · 44:38 · Recorded February 21, 2021

Called To Be Free

Galatians 5:10-13 (NIV) I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Galatians 6:14-16 (NIV) May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.

The road to freedom:

1. Let the cross offend you.

1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-23 (NIV) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. … Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…

What’s so offensive?

The cross says the problem is your wicked heart.

Luke 22:41-42 (NIV) He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

Romans 3:10-18 (NIV) As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

The cross says you’re no better than anybody else!

Romans 3:9 (NIV) What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.

2. Learn to boast in the cross.

No one can stay neutral at the foot of the cross.

Matthew 16:21-23‬ (NIV) Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many thing at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

What does it mean to “boast” in the cross?

To admit that I cannot save myself!

To willingly receive the handout of amazing grace!

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.

Philippians 3:7-9 (NLT2) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteous-ness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

How do you “boast”?

You boast intellectually.

You boast personally.

You boast relationally.

##### Talk It Over
– How do you define freedom? Write out your own personal definition of freedom taking into account the freedom we have in Christ, the freedoms we have as Americans, the freedoms we see in others’ choices and circumstances.

– Before today’s message, had you been “offended” by the cross? In what way? What do you see after hearing this message? Are you offended? What do you feel/see/think that is offensive about the cross?

– How can you lovingly respond to someone who says, “I can’t love a God like that – one who would kill someone so brutally.” Or, “I won’t follow a God who sees no difference between me (a good person) and a really bad person.”?

– Where do you see the beauty of the cross, something to boast in? How would you express that to a 6th grader? (Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”)

– Today’s message was titled, “Called To Be Free.” Are you free? Have you asked Jesus to take over the leadership role in your life? If not, do that today! Thank him for what he did for you by going to the cross – that brutal, terrible death – so that you could live in freedom. Ask him to take over and surrender control to him. You can boast in the cross because it was his work of grace that made you free!

– Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at *northpointe.org/kids* where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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