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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for John 8:32-36

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"REAL FREEDOM."
Intro: Freedom is a basic dream of man. We hear much talk of freedom these days, there is a freedom that is not free, there is a true freedom we can all know.
I. YOU CAN BE FREE. "IF THE SON THEREFORE SHALL MAKE YOU FREE."
A. This is the heart of the gospel.
1. "He breaks the power of canceled sin. He sets the prisoner free."
2. There is deliverance for you today.
B. Some bound by some besetting sin.
1. Though you have given your life to Jesus Christ, this urge overwhelms you, and you yield.
a. Satan has used this to keep you defeated.
b. It has robbed you of your joy in the Lord.
c. You have struggled so hard to free yourself.
d. You have about concluded, there is no hope.
2. Jesus Christ can and will set you free today.
C. Vs. 34, "Whosoever committeth sin is a servant of sin."
1. Some of you today are under the power of sin itself.
a. Satan is holding you captive.
b. Worse, he has blinded your eyes and deceived and called it freedom.
1. "I am free to do as I please."
II. THERE IS A FALSE FREEDOM. "FREE INDEED (REALLY)."
A. We hear of sexual freedom league who advocates no restrictions.
1. That man or woman who have given themselves to sexual indulgences, are they really free?
a. Bound by lust, an unsatiable desire.
b. They become the victim, and sex the master.
c. By whatsoever a man is overcome by the same.
B. There is a false philosophy that would seek to place the blame for all our psychological ills upon our restrictive codes.
1. Because neurosis stems from guilt complex that would remove guilt by making nothing guilty.
2. Imagine a society with no restraints.
C. Some have exercised a freedom to use drugs.
1. They have thrown away restraint and talk of a free society.
2. What started as trip, ends up a hell.
D. There is a true freedom.
1. All things are lawful for me.
a. Are not expedient.
b. Are not edifying.
c. I will not be brought under power of any. (Drugs)
III. HOW CAN I FIND TRUE FREEDOM?
A. "If the Son therefore shall make you free."
1. We must come to an end of our own struggles and devises.
2. I cannot liberate myself.
3. "If the Son..." My deliverance must come through Jesus Christ.
a. He has power to forgive my past.
b. He has power to keep me now. "Now unto Him who is able to keep you..."
4. "But I have done that and still I am bound."
B. "And ye shall know the truth and the truth..."
1. What is truth? Philosophy sought now disdain.
2. Jesus said, "My word is truth."
3. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth."
4. You must read the word. It is truth and it will acquaint you and lead you to Him who is the embodiment of truth.
a. Thy work have I hid.
b. "Blessed is the man."
Sermon Notes for John 7:37-39 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for John 8:36 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Luke 1:5 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Acts 1 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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