Liberty: The Higher Law and Moral Framework of Liberty



Samuel Adams taught that people will not give up liberties or be subdued if they have knowledge and virtue. But if they are ignorant and immoral (un-virtuous), they will be defeated without foreign invaders. Krisanne Hall says "with knowledge there is power." (1)

What informed the founders that they would be willing to give their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to fight for liberty?
They had knowledge! (2)

Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Independence Day



The American colonies were once ruled by a bad King, much like God warned Samuel about when we trust in and depend on earthly kings instead of God:

“’This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons. . . He will take your daughters. . . He will take the best [of everything you have]. . . and you yourselves will become his slaves.’”
- Paraphrase of 1 Samuel 8:7, 11-18

Forgiveness: Set yourself free!


Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Church: Mission of the Church



"We exist to glorify God."
"To glorify God means that we see God more clearly, enjoy Him more deeply, and communicate His goodness and greatness to others more completely."

Three necessary means:
1. Doctrinal Soundness
2. Relational Wholeness
3. Missional Faithfulness

By Prayerful Dependence

Ioannes (John) 20:19


"Pax vobis" "Peace be with you." John (Ioannes) 20:19

Pax = peace
Vobis = with you (bis = you will [singular])

Truth: Sound Doctrine and the themes in the Doctor Strange movie



What are some themes in the Doctor Strange movie?

People seeking answers in all the wrong places and falling for the same lies that humans have since Adam and Eve in the garden when Satan questioned God's truth and promised that "you will be like God." (Genesis 3:1-7) But good does win over evil in the end.

The Spiritual

Filtering: Capture every thought for Christ before speaking



Have you ever said something you regretted, or that made you wonder how you could truly think such a horrible thing? We need to apply our filter.

No Filter: Heart --> words or deeds
"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. "
Matthew 15:10-20

Truth



Veritati adhaereto
"Stick to the truth."

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

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Lent and Easter



Lent is generally a forty day devotional season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.

“Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. . . Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.” (Bratcher, 1)

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