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Real Freedom
John 8:31-36
TEXT:
John 8:31-36
John 8:31–36 NLT
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
INTRODUCTION:

I- THE SOURCE OF REAL FREEDOM (, )

A- Abiding in the Word of God.

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John 8:31 NLT
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.

B- Accepting the truth of God.

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John 8:32 NLT
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

C- Aligning your life with the Son of God.

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John 8:36 NLT
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

II- THE SUPPLY OF REAL FREEDOM ()

A- Real Freedom destroys the deception of Satan.

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John 8:34 NLT
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.

B- Real Freedom declares the truth about the sin that binds us.

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John 8:33 NLT
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

C- Real Freedom demonstrates the relationship from which it springs.

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John 8:35 NLT
35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.

III- THE SECURITY OF REAL FREEDOM (, , , )

A- The assurance of being Christ’s disciple.

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John 8:31 NLT
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.

B- The anchor of knowing the truth of God.

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John 8:32 NLT
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

C- The absolute promises of a faithful Lord.

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1- Freedom

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John 8:36b NLT
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

2- Eternal Life

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John 8:51 NLT
51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
CONCLUSION:
INTRODUCTION:
Have you ever wondered why we have deacons in Baptist Churches? What are deacons? What is their work?
There are but two ordained leadership positions given in scripture…Pastors and Deacons. The Pastor is the under-shepherd of Jesus in the local church. The deacon is also a minister. “Deacons” means “Helper” or more literally a table waiter. One who ministers to the needs of church members.
Deacons. The Pastor is the under-shepherd of Jesus in the local church. The deacon is also a minister. “Deacons” means “Helper” or more literally a table waiter. One who
Ministers to the needs of church members.
In our text, we find the occasion of the setting aside of the first seven deacons.
I – THE PROBLEM (vs.1)
A – The problem: a task too large to handle.
1 - As the number of the disciples grew, so did the needs within the church.
B – The problem: Unintentional neglect.
1 - The church is responsible to minister to people.
2 – When the present organization does not allow for this, a response is needed.
A – The organization that worked 15 years ago, may be woefully inadequate
For present needs…needs change with the times.
II – THE PROPOSITION (vs 2 – 3)
A - Made to the church
1 – Although led by the apostles, the church functioned as a democratic body.
B - The problem presented.
1 - The demands of waiting on tables was robbing valuable prayer and study
time from the apostles.
2 – The time spent table—waiting could have been better invested in evangelism and other areas of ministry.
C - The prescription given.
1 – Set aside seven men to help the apostles, these men were to be:
a) of honest report
b) filled with the Holy Spirit.
c) full of wisdom
III – THE PROMISE (vs.4)
A -The Apostles to be given continually to prayer.
1 -The necessity of prayer.
a) The apostles could not lead with God’s leadership they could only
receive it in prayer
2 - The Ministry of Prayer.
a) More good is done when on the knees than we’ll ever know.
B - The Apostles to be given continually to the Ministry of the Word of God.
1 – The necessity of Study (Tim. 2:15).
2 – The need for the ministry of the Word.
a) The Word of God is that which calls the lost to repentance ().
b) The Word of God is that which feeds the Spiritual man and leads him to
grow.
IV - THE PERFORMANCE (vs. 5 – 7)
A - The deacons selected (vs. 5)
B - The deacons Ordained (vs. 6).
1 - The act of Ordination.
a) Symbolic of setting apart for special service.
2 - The attitude of Ordination.
a) Ordination assures the deacon, etc. of prayers and personal support for
his ministry.
C - The results of the deacons’ ministry (vs. 7)
1 – The Word of God Spread
2 – People Saved.
3 – The Church grew.
CONCLUSION;
The ministry of the deacon is a unique and demanding one. The men you have selected need and deserve your support and prayers.
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