Series: Free

Introduction to Freedom

God has always wanted us to be Free!
In this message we look at his intentions for us in the past, today and forever. We look at free in the garden, freedom at the cross and free in the city.

Free from fear and anxiety

God wants to set us free from fear and anxiety.
What does this mean? Is there a difference between anxiety and concern?
How can thanking God help in our battle with anxiety?

Free from condemnation

Many of us struggle with feelings of guilt and condemnation.
In this message, we discover that whilst blaming others often seems to be the easy way out, it never really sets us free.
We find instead that freedom comes, when we confess our sins to God.
God wants to set us free from condemnation.
We end by thanking God as we prepare to celebrate the Lord's Supper.

Free to worship

Worshipping God changes our perspective on life:
Instead of keeping our heads down focusing on our own problems, worship transforms us and raises our heads, so that we can see our God who provides everything that we need.
Sometimes God calls us to worship him in the most unexpected places.
And there is a warning too - about what happens when we do not worship him.
We are set free to worship, and we stay free through worship.
How can we love as God intends?
What if we feel that we were not loved as a child?
Where does love come from?
Can Jesus really set us free to love?
Is it possible to love the unlovely?
Why do we struggle so much with forgiveness?
If someone has done us wrong - why should we forgive them?
Forgiveness is not easy, so does it really matter?
What happens when we do not forgive others?
What is the link between being forgiven, and forgiving others?
If we want to understand celebration - we need to understand grace.
If we want to understand Grace - we need to understand sin.
Sin leads to loss.
Loss leads to suffering.
We cannot celebrate - until we receive grace.
We cannot receive grace - until we repent.
But when we do: the celebration begins.
The world runs on the system of buying and selling.
But God's Kingdom is characterised by giving and receiving.
Which system do we prefer?
Why do we find it so hard to give and to receive?
What are some of God's principles regarding giving and receiving?
Why do we find it so hard to communicate and relate?
True communication is not about having the latest gadgets or apps - it is about learning to be honest and transparent.
Human nature often dictates that we prefer to hide away - rather than to truly communicate.
We look at the problem of pride and end by looking at eight secrets from the Bible - which can help us to truly relate with each other.
Jesus tells us that he did not come to be served, but to serve.
He came to give up his life.
And he calls us to follow his example in service.
What was his secret?
How did he stay on track?
He knew that he was on a journey.
He knew where he was going to.
We explore how this can set us free to serve too.
We start by asking: What does it mean to lead?
We discover that a true leader, is one who follows God, in front of the people.
We finish by looking at 5 principles of leadership:
1. Be humble
2. Know what you are building
3. We don't need a job title to lead
4. The way we stand down from leadership, says as much about our character, as the way we step up to leadership
5. Leadership is as much about being - as it is about doing

God loves us and he forgives us.
He calls us to serve him.
He calls us to become leaders: in our families, in our Church, in our community and in our world.
But what if we make a mistake?
How can we sort out our mistakes and move on?
God is not looking for clever kids - who think they know it all:
He is looking for obedient children - who are willing to learn. 
I want to be free! I want to be me!
It sounds great - free to be me!
But could you do even better?
What about becoming the person that God intended you to be?