1. Because I don’t want to ignore the elephant in the church. The issues we are addressing in this series are not “out there” they are in our church. We can’t escape them and I believe it is sin for us to ignore them. As I study history I have come to realize that the church has not always spoken up and addressed issues when it should have. Freedom will not be one of those churches.
2. Because I don’t want to live in fear. A fear of God is healthy but a fear of man is harmful. There are subjects that are acceptable to bring up in church and ones that are not. The topics I’m addressing in this upcoming series are controversial to some but not to God. I don’t want Freedom church to live in fear. I don’t want people afraid to talk about things in church. Church is the one place where ideas should be discussed and debated in truth and love.
3. Because my passion is to see people held captive by the beauty and glory of Jesus. This was the Apostle Paul’s passion 2000 years ago when he wrote, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) The issues that I’m addressing in this series are often approached and understood without a biblical world view = looking at the world with Jesus in the center of it. As a result people tend to drift away from Jesus not towards Him. I don’t want that to happen so I’m going to try to show people the relationship Jesus has to each of these issues and how to see these issues with a Christocentric world view.
4. Because I want to show my church how to destroy arguments and thinking that are opposed to a world view that has Jesus at the center. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”.
5. Because I want Freedom church to be rooted and grounded in the truth, not the latest doctrinal or philosophical trends. Churches are like trees. In order for them to grow they need sun, water and a good foundation. A tree that is constantly uprooted and re-planted won’t grow and will eventually die. The Church is suppose to be the pillar and support of the truth. As the church traffics in truth it grows to the glory of God and the good of all who are under her influence. While discussing the role and purpose of gifts in the church the Apostle Paul said this in Ephesians 4:14-16, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes, rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”