Monday, July 4, 2011

Mystery of Freedom (by Chip Judd)

Yesterday we went to Victory Christian Fellowship (our kinda-sorta second-home church & where Jeremy's parents regularly attend).

Chip Judd, one of our personal heroes and the founding pastor there, was speaking.

His sermon Mystery of Freedom was so good, I wanted to post my notes here... (That's a link to the audio... If you've got approximately 36 minutes, it's worth the listen!)

VCF- Sun. 7/3/11
Mystery of Freedom -Chip Judd

For all of us, there's a championships we want to win...
[Me: marriage, parent/family, [insert fully defined dream here]]

We proclaim Christ... So that you all may grow up/mature in him..(?)
[I think it was this verse: He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. -Col.1:28-29]

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it! (Matthew 7:13-14)

John 8:31-32

Free: the power to direct our actions without the control or influence of any other person or thing; self-directed or governed

One of the greatest obstacles in life= our freedom.

If you really want a life the life of intimacy & impact, you need to find the narrow road... (Matthew 7:13-14)

The mystery of Freedom--
I am free, but...
Freedom is a gift I should never keep.

The moment you keep freedom, you go into slavery --to the meanest master you will ever serve-- yourself!

With self at the center:
...we put ourselves in the place of God.
...we create solutions to our needs / challenges.
...we take ourselves out from under God's protection.

He always has a solution for you!
--but it's not always comfortable
--& we don't always want to hear it!

Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it... (Luke 9:24)

No goal/desire will be achieved w/out self-denial & surrender to something...

You can't get what you want by always getting what you want!


We seriously love this guy.
Love his wisdom.
Thankful for his speaking it into our lives over the years.

Happy Fourth, blogland!

PS- Shameless husband plug: Jeremy happens to be the builder/designer of Chip's site, so there's the link again, in case you want to check out his handy work. ;)

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