In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior brings freedom from life’s greatest problems. Here are some excerpts:

“…[T]he Bible says in Colossians 1:14 (Living Bible) that “Christ bought our freedom with His blood.” Now that verse suggests the question: “From what can Christ set me free?” Well, turn to your outline and we will explore together this wonderful theme.

Freedom from Four of Life’s Greatest Problems

Basically what I want to say to you this Easter Day is that the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and exalted, can set you free from your four greatest problems; and that’s good news!

1.  Christ can set me free from GUILT concerning my past… 

What God has forgiven I can forget! I don’t have to beat myself to death over the things I regret in the past. I can quit nailing myself to a cross over things I feel bad about, because Jesus was nailed to the cross for me…”

2.  Christ can set me free from WORRY about my future… 

Did you know that there are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible? That’s one for every day of the year. God says, “Get the message; don’t be afraid; I’ll handle it if you’ll trust Me!” So I can be set free about worry concerning my future as well as guilt about my past…”

3.  Christ can set me free from living without PURPOSE today…

 Notice Acts 20:24 (LB), where Paul says, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus.” What he’s saying is this: “If I don’t fulfill my purpose, I’m not living; I’m just existing.” And so I beg you — don’t waste your life…”

4.  Jesus can set me free from having to earn my way to HEAVEN… 

Look at this verse, Romans 4:4 (LB): “You don’t earn your right to heaven by all the good things you do. No, for being saved is a gift; if a person could earn it by being good, then it wouldn’t be free — but it is! It is given to those who do not work for it. For God declares sinners to be good in His sight if they have faith in Christ to save them from God’s wrath.” He saves you because He sees you wearing the white robe that Christ has provided!…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

April 16, 1995

Colossians 1:14

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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