Doug Sider’s message was on “Be Free and Fly” at our third Sunday of Living Red, focusing on Luke 4:18: “…He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners … to set the oppressed free.”
BE FREE AND FLY!!!!
“I will end your captivity , and I will restore your fortunes.” Jeremiah 29:14 (NLT)
–Does this behaviour compromise my integrity?
–Does this behaviour in any way hold me captive?
–Does this behaviour hinder me from reaching my greatest potential?
–Does this behaviour dishonour God?
1) The Power of Captivity
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Song of Solomon 2:15
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Romans 6:23
2) The Proclamation of HOPEtivity
“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners… to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
3) The Promise of Liberty
“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.” Philippians 3:10
“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1
TAKEAWAY FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE
“… those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31