Freedom | Helping Others Find Freedom

Freedom | Helping Others Find Freedom
Lee Reams

FREEDOM | 13 | FREEDOM IN CHRIST LINK TO TEACHING PDF | LINK TO TEACHING VIDEO

BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | REVIEW

THE DANGER OF DECEPTION |

9.3.17 OUTLINE | HELPING OTHERS FIND FREEDOM IN CHRIST

INTRODUCTION | WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE FREE

YOU WERE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD (GENESIS 1) | GOD IS FREE

HELPING OTHERS | START HERE

HELPING OTHERS | JERICHO ROAD AKA (DEAD MAN’S CURVE)

HELPING OTHERS | JEWISH MAN

HELPING OTHERS | PRIEST

HELPING OTHERS | TEMPLE ASSISTANT

HELPING OTHERS | DESPISED SAMARITAN

HELPING OTHERS | SO WHAT? ROMANS 12

INTRO | JESUS CAME TO SET US FREE LUKE 4:14-21 NLT 14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,

19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

HELPING OTHERS | START HERE

LUKE 10:25-37 NLT 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

HELPING OTHERS | JERICHO ROAD AKA (DEAD MAN’S CURVE)

Although Jericho is northeast of Jerusalem, travelers go “down” to Jericho. The Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37–93) explained that the first-century road was approximately one hundred and fifty Roman stadioi, or about eighteen miles long. A traveler descended from Jerusalem’s height, approximately twenty-five hundred feet above sea level, to Jericho’s depth, some eight hundred twenty-five feet below sea level. In that short geographical space, the descent was approximately six-tenths of a mile. Travelers, merchants, pilgrims, and soldiers have for centuries gone down to go up (traveling north to Jericho) and gone up to go down (traveling south to Jerusalem).”

The Christian historian Eusebius (A.D. 260–340) argued that there was a castle here, and the church patriarch Jerome (A.D. 347–420) rendered the name Maledomni and argued that it was equivalent to Greek terminology that meant Ascent of the Red. He explained that the name was given because of the blood that bandits repeatedly shed at this place. Jerome also argued that a castle or inn was located at the site and that it was strategically placed to aid travelers. He went even further and offered the conclusion that the traveler in Jesus’ parable was most likely attacked at this site.”

“The Christian historian Eusebius (A.D. 260–340) argued that there was a castle here, and the church patriarch Jerome (A.D. 347–420) rendered the name Maledomni and argued that it was equivalent to Greek terminology that meant Ascent of the Red. He explained that the name was given because of the blood that bandits repeatedly shed at this place. Jerome also argued that a castle or inn was located at the site and that it was strategically placed to aid travelers. He went even further and offered the conclusion that the traveler in Jesus’ parable was most likely attacked at this site.” http://bibleresources.americanbible.org/resource/from-jerusalem-to-jericho

COMMENTARY | I propose to you this was not just any ordinary road. It was not a place that a person in Jesus’ day would take a “sunday drive/walk” on. It was a road marked with challenges and heartbreak. But even though it was cruel in nature it was the fastest way to travel to the oasis in the dessert…Jericho. I would like for you to use this road as illustration for many of our life experiences that we encounter on our life journey here on Earth. The road to Jericho is every persons road to travel in life. Unfortunately many traveling this road will experience the harsh reality of sin and bondage. They have found themselves in the clutches of addiction and failure. They never had a good Samaritan to come along and pick them up and carry them to safety. You see when Jesus talks about loving your neighbor he wasn’t only talking about those that you know who are free and whole…I would suggest that he was mostly speaking of those who were outcast and hurting. They were in bondage.

But before we head out on a freedom rescue mission we must ask ourselves a series of questions…which character in the parable will I be to represent to those in bondage…the priest, the temple assistant…or the good Samaritan. Each one travelled the road but only one helped someone find freedom.

HELPING OTHERS | JEWISH MAN

LUKE 10:30 NLT 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

HELPING OTHERS | PRIEST

LUKE 10:31 NLT 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 

HELPING OTHERS | TEMPLE ASSISTANT

LUKE 10:32 NLT 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

HELPING OTHERS | DESPISED SAMARITAN

LUKE 10:33-35 NLT 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

HELPING OTHERS | SO WHAT? ROMANS 12

HELPING OTHERS

ROMANS 12:1-21 NLT 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

PRAYER |

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