Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock
Hymn: Without Him
Memory Verse: Exodus 23:25 So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
Lesson: Independence Day
Pastor remarks and intro of first principle
(Independence Day is whatever day you decide to be free. Independence Day is celebrated on the day of declaration not on the day of Realization. The time between Declaration and Realization can be difficult, filled with gains and losses, victories and defeats – heroes and zeros - however, without declaration, there may never be a realization.)
First Principle: Decide to be Free
Scripture Reference: Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
Freedom is a decision.
Question: List some things people need to gain freedom from?
Follow Up Question: Is it possible to make a decision for someone else?
Conclusion: Until the person who needs to be free decides to be free, they will never be free.
Pastor remarks and intro of second principle
Second Principle: Declare Your Decision
Scripture Reference: Job 22:28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
When God wanted things to change, the first thing He did was to declare His decision.
What we say makes a difference.
Our words have power.
Question: What makes a declaration more than mere words?
Follow Up Question: Name and discuss some declarations common to man.
Conclusion: A declaration constitutes a commitment, whether a marriage declaration or a declaration of war. We most often begin and end the important events in life with words. Words are so powerful, God chose to use them to create the universe.
Pastor remarks and intro of third principle
Third Principle: Defend Your Freedom
Scripture Reference: 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Freedom is not free. It costs to obtain it and it costs to maintain it.
The devil, this world’s system, and/or your friends may not always support your cherished freedom in Christ.
Sometimes other influences attempt to enslave us again.
Question: What does defending your freedom mean to you?
Follow- up Question: Are you able and willing to defend your freedom?
Conclusion: Our freedom from the evils of sin, sickness, poverty, and eternal separation from God were paid for by the blood of Jesus. However, to worship God, witness for Christ, and live an abundant life are obtained and maintained by our efforts as we are strengthened to do all things through Christ. We must be ready, willing, and able to defend those things God has freely given through His Son. Decide, declare, and defend in the Name of Jesus.
Pastor closing remarks
· Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
· Memory Verse
· Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.