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Our freedom in following Christ remains a servant to Christ.

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The cultural conception of freedom
Galatians 5:1 NIV
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
What is freedom in Christ?
What is freedom in following Christ?

Freedom in Following Christ Means Self-Control

Galatians 5:13 NIV
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
The “flesh”
When Paul talks about the flesh, he means the sinful nature
All of the stuff that holds you down and holds you back from following Jesus
This is the stuff that might feel good for the moment, but it doesn’t last
Eventually the good feelings fade, and you just end up trapped
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Paul is being accused of anarchy
He says wait a minute, that is not what I mean
Freedom yes, Anarchy no
Freedom requires restraint

Freedom in Following Christ Means Care for Others

Galatians 5:15 NRSV
If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
This is a pretty graphic picture of what happens when we don’t take care of each other
The basic human tendency is to attack one another
We pick at one another and try to sabotage one another to make ourselves feel better
Chicken pox
Paul says this leads to us being consumed by one another. We lose our freedom because we fight with one another
Our freedom used together allows us to protect one another
Oven mitts

Freedom in Following Christ Means We Continue with the Law

Galatians 5:14 NRSV
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We don’t completely ditch the law, we follow it out of love
The Ten Commandments
The law guides our love
It shows us how to follow Jesus
The law becomes to mold for our love, so we are transformed into what we should be
It prevents us from misusing our freedom
Guardrails on our journey
The origin of the path
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