Freedom

2 Cor 3:17

The Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

There is a freedom available to us beyond what is experienced in church life. It is found in Christ.

Freedom doesn't exist without restrictions.

Freedom without restraint results in recklessness.

Freedom is not Gods endorsement for doing my own thing.

Gal 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

God is a God of order and authority.

The freedom I walk in desires to serve something greater than self. Commit to a local church. Submit to the leadership. Serve faithfully.

1 Peter 2:16
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

Sin causes separation from God.

Secret sin causes me to forfeit my freedom and revert back into the law. I turn to tradition and rituals because fulfilling the patterns of man enables me to give the appearance of Godliness.(church, tithing, bible study, etc.).

We can do all the Christian stuff and be soo far from God.
"With their lips they praise me but their hearts are far from me."

The way to experience the real freedom Jesus died to give us is to die to ourselves daily.

Gal 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.