Free and Responsible
Christ died to set us free from the law of sin and death, fear, and shame to establish us in freedom so we can live and love as God’s glorious children.(2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1-2, 19-21; Rom. 6:4 and 14-22)
Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. Scripture says we have been given freedom to serve one another in love.(Gal. 5:13-15; 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 1 Cor. 9:19; Rom. 14 and 15)
Freedom and responsibility cannot be separated. We experience freedom when we are able to control ourselves. So we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He produces the fruit of self-control in us.(Gal. 5:16-25; Rom. 8:12-13; 2 Pet. 1:5-9)
We endeavor to make sure the “size” of our self-control continues to grow and remain bigger than the size of our influence.(Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Cor. 6:18-20)
What does it look like?
Our freedom came at a great price. Therefore, we protect, steward and sacrificially extend it to others.(1 Cor. 6:20; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:1)
We are free to dream with God about extending His Kingdom on earth.(Matt. 6:10; Rom. 14:17; 1 Cor. 2:26)
We are free in our hearts and are motivated internally by the Holy Spirit and our core values.(Phil. 2:13; Ps. 37:4; Rom. 8:14; Prov. 4:23)
We understand our needs and are honest at expressing them. We create plans to have our needs fulfilled in healthy ways and restrain from meeting our desires in unhealthy ways.(Cor. 1:4; Acts 2:44-46; 2 Cor. 8:2-5; 1 Cor. 10:13; Rom. 12:1-2)
In our freedom, we take risks in how to love people practically and supernaturally. If and when we make mistakes, we are powerful to clean them up.(Acts 2:42-47; Luke 19:1-10)
We live “aware of,” and we “draw on” the Holy Spirit’s strength when circumstances test our character and faith.(Gal 5:21-22; Rom 8:5)
We cultivate and excel in our unique gifts and strengths so that God’s Kingdom can expand in the earth.(1 Cor. 12 and 14, Dan. 1; Luke 2:52)
We are not saying…
…all people need is Jesus to live in freedom and responsibly. They don’t need family or leadership.(Eph. 5:21; Acts 2:42)
…people can do whatever they want in a community and it doesn’t matter.(Rom. 14; Gal. 6:1; Titus 3:10-11)
…cultures of control, fear, and manipulation create empowered people.(2 Tim. 1:6-8; Luke 10:1-23; John 5:44)
…we are led by our feelings.(Rom. 8:12-14; Rom. 8:6; 1 Cor. 9:26-27)
…we always get to do what we want and don’t have to serve others or do things that we don’t feel like doing.(Rom. 14; 1 Cor. 10:23)
…there is no process to seeing our dreams fulfilled.(James 1:1-2, 12; Rom. 5:1-5)
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