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June 29, 2009

Past newsletter devotions | below

Freedom From Sin

This coming Saturday we will celebrate the Fourth of July. This is a time in our nation when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy, such freedoms as the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press. As an American, I thank God for these freedoms and I hope they will never be taken away from us. However, in Jesus Christ we enjoy an even greater freedom—freedom from sin. Let me share three aspects of this spiritual freedom.

First, there is freedom from sin’s penalty, which is death. Romans 6.23 says, “For the wages of sin is death,” yet it goes on to say, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The wages or payment that we deserve because of our sin is death—physical, spiritual, and eternal death. Yet, through Jesus Christ we can escape sin’s penalty. That is because Jesus died in our place and suffered the death that we ourselves deserve. He suffered our judgment so that we could be free. Now this does not mean that we will not die physically; we will. Yet, it does mean that we no longer endure spiritual death and we will not face eternal death, which is separation from God in hell. Even our physical death is simply the passageway into the presence of Christ. As Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1.21).

Secondly, there is freedom from sin’s power. Before we were saved, we were under the authority and dominion of sin. We were enslaved to sin. Paul talks about this in Romans 6. Yet, now that we are in Christ we have been freed from sin’s power. Paul writes, “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” (Rom 6.14). My master is no longer sin; my master is now Jesus Christ. Charles Wesley celebrated this spiritual emancipation with the following words: “He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me.” This does not mean that I am incapable of sinning or that I never fall short of God’s standards; but it does mean that sin is no longer my unrepentant lifestyle. If it is, I will not inherit God’s kingdom (see 1 Cor 6.9-11).

Lastly, there is freedom from sin’s presence. This freedom will not be ours until we die and go to heaven or until Jesus Christ returns. As long as we live in this fallen world and indwell these unredeemed bodies, sin will remain a reality. I’m not under sin’s dominion, but that doesn’t mean I now enjoy sinless perfection. Not even the Apostle Paul claimed this (see Phil 3.12-14; 1 Tim 1.15). James 3.2 says, “We all stumble in many ways,” and that is why he also told us to confess our sins to one another (see James 5.16). Yet, one day we will be completely free from sin, not just from sin’s penalty and power but also from its very presence. This is the hope of salvation that we are to put on as a helmet (see 1 Thess 5.8). This is the hope that should sustain us through all the trials and failures of life.

Pastor Mark

I would like to thank each of you who participated in helping make our Community Fair a success. We reached a number of people in our community.

Jamie Mingus

The Food Pantry/Clothes Closet will be open on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

This coming Sunday, July 5th, we will have a baptismal celebration during the morning service. If you would like to be baptized, please contact the church office (361-1329).

 

 

 

PAST NEWSLETTER DEVOTIONS
by Pastor Mark Jackson

June 29, 2009
Freedom from Sin | PDF

June 22, 2009
Waiting on the Lord | PDF

June 16, 2009
Overcoming Despondency | PDF

June 9, 2009
Using Your Gifts in God's Service | PDF

June 2, 2009
I'm Excited | PDF

May 25, 2009
Pray for Me | PDF

May 19, 2009
Putting Out a Fleece | PDF

May 12, 2009
Forgiveness | PDF

May 5, 2009
A Mother's Influence | PDF

April 28, 2009
The Least of These (by Don Waddell) | PDF

April 21, 2009
Jesus' Last Sayings (Part 2) | PDF

April 14, 2009
Jesus' Last Sayings (Part 1) | PDF

April 7, 2009
The Abiding Spirit | PDF

March 31, 2009
The Indwelling Spirit | PDF

March 17, 2009
The Gift of the Spirit | PDF

March 10, 2009
I Believe in the Unity of the Church (Part 2) | PDF

March 3, 2009
I Believe in the Unity of the Church (Part 1) | PDF

February 17, 2009
I Believe in the Trinity, Part 3 | PDF

February 10, 2009
I Believe in the Trinity, Part 2 | PDF

February 3, 2009
I Believe in the Trinity, Part 1 | PDF

January 20, 2009
I Believe in Creation, Part 2 | PDF

January 13, 2009
I Believe in Creation, Part 1 | PDF

More
Advice to New Christians | PDF
Be Filled with the Spirit | PDF
Communion: Look Back, Look Ahead, Look In | PDF
The Deity of Christ | PDF
Fear | PDF
Fulfilling Our Purpose | PDF
Funeral for an Alcoholic | PDF
Giving | PDF
God's Omniscience | PDF
Growing a Strong Church | PDF
How Do We Know God Loves Us? | PDF
Key Ingredients in Prayer | PDF
Jesus is for Evryone | PDF
Live Life God's Way | PDF
Lonliness | PDF
Love in 1 John | PDF
Making Disciples | PDF
The Martyrdom of Polycarp | PDF
Overcoming Satan | PDF
Praise and Worship | PDF
Pray | PDF
Qualities of a True Friend| PDF
Temptation | PDF
True Love | PDF
Why Being Good is Not Good Enough | PDF
Work Out Your Own Salvation | PDF

3134 Taylor Boulevard | Louisville, KY 40215 | (502) 361-1329

Senior Pastor: Mark Jackson | markrjackson@bellsouth.net
Secretary: Shirley Campbell | shirleycampbell@bellsouth.net