Free and Responsible
Christ died to set us free from sin, death, fear, and shame in order to establish us in freedom so that we can live and love as God’s glorious children.
Romans 8:1-2; Romans 8:15-21; Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:4; Romans 6:14-22; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 4:17-18; Luke 19:1-10.
Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. We have been given freedom so we may present ourselves to the Lord as a willing sacrifice, surrendered and ready to serve.
Galatians 5:13-14; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:7-9; Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11.
Freedom and responsibility are inseparable. We experience true freedom as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of self-control and use our freedom to bless others.
Galatians 5:13-25; 1 Corinthians 9:19; 2 Peter 1:5-9; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13; 1 Peter 1:13-16; John 13:12-17.
We are responsible for partnering with the Holy Spirit to continually develop the foundation of our character so our character can support our growing influence and anointing.
2 Peter 1:5-9; Titus 2:11-12; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Luke 9:54-56.
What Does This Mean?
Environments of freedom, responsibility, and empowerment enable people to live holy, healthy, bold, creative lives.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Luke 10:1-2; Luke 10: 17-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 John 4:17-18; Galatians 3:23-29.
Freedom is very valuable to God. He demonstrated this when He placed a sinful choice in the garden of Eden. Therefore, it is not our goal to remove sinful choices from people, instead call them to freely love God and choose His righteousness.
Genesis 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17; John 14:15; Romans 12:1; 2 Peter 3:9.
Usually our dreams are too small. God has big purposes for us to extend His Kingdom. As we submit our lives to Him and become excited about seeing His dreams fulfilled, we are free to dream big dreams for our lives with Him.
Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 37:4-5; Isaiah 55:1-13; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; John 14:12-14; Matthew 6:10, 33; Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Chronicles 6:5-8.
The Holy Spirit internally motivates us towards freedom, purity, and integrity.
Galatians 5:16-26; Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:14.
In our freedom, if we sin or make mistakes, we must take responsibility for our actions, repent, and reconcile with those affected.
Matthew 5:23-24; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 John 1:6-10; James 5:1; Luke 19:1-10.
When we are tempted to compromise our character and sin, we overcome by drawing from the power of the Holy Spirit and from our true identities as sons and daughters of God.
Romans 8:5-17; 1 John 4:4; Galatians 5:19-25; 1 Corinthians 10:13.
We have God-given needs, and we honor Him when we meet these needs in ways consistent with His heart or when we freely and sacrificially lay them down, by His grace.
Philippians 4:19; 1 Corinthians 6:12-13; Ephesians 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 7:1-7; 1 Corinthians 9:4-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Philippians 2:17; Romans 12:1-2.
Do Not Misunderstand…
Freedom is not free—it cost God the death of His son. This truth motivates us to protect and value our freedom for the precious gift that it is.
Galatian 5:1; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18- 19; Luke 4:16-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
As God’s children, servants, and friends, we are not free to do whatever we want; rather, we moderate our freedom to protect our connection with Him and one another.
Galatians 5:13-14; Romans 14:13-23; Philippians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:23-24.
In our freedom, we still live a life that is submitted to the Lord.
1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 12:1; James 4:7; Phil 2:2-7.
Perseverance is absolutely necessary to see dreams fulfilled.
Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 10:36; Philippians 3:14; James 1:12; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 12:1-3.
Life is not about us getting everything we want. Instead, we use our freedom to love.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Matthew 26:39; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 9:19.
We are called to serve others and, in doing so, sometimes have to do things we do not feel like doing.
1 Peter 2:16-20; Romans 14:19-23; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Luke 21:16-19; Luke 22:42; Hebrews 11:8-12.