A prisoner with a life sentence decided to dedicate every moment he had to escaping by digging his way out of his cell. After years of painstakingly loosening a flagstone, scratching away through floor, and then digging through a few hundred feet of earth and rock, he had fashioned an escape tunnel. Punching through the last bit of earth and emerging into the bright daylight, he joyfully ran and jumped in the sunshine shouting "I'M FREE! I'M FREE!"
As he passed a small child, the boy exclaimed, "So what. I'm four!"
Yeah, it's a dumb joke, but our freedom is a big deal! It's a big deal to God as well - so much so that he purchased our freedom with Jesus' blood! It's a freedom from the bondage to sin and death and one that enables us to live life as it was meant to be experienced. Jesus called it an abundant life; life to the full!
The crazy thing is that too many Christians choose to walk back into prison and slam the cell door closed. They take the gift of salvation through Jesus and decide that they need to add something more to it by adding a list of rules to follow. The Apostle Paul refers to it this way:
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
This coming Sunday, April 15th, we'll be starting a new sermon series through the book of Galatians that we're calling "Set Free". The issues Paul needed to address to these 1st century believers are still issues for us today. I hope you'll be able to join us.
CHIC Fund Raisers
This coming July, we'll be sending 8 high school students and two adults to our Covenant denomination's triennial conference called "CHIC" (Covenant High In Christ) in Knoxville, TN. During these five days, 5000 students from Covenant churches around the county (and beyond) will gather at the University of Tennessee for a time of worship, transformation, and fun. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is often life changing for young people and we're thrilled to be able to enable our teens to be a part of it. However, we need to raise some money in order to get them there
so we're holding a couple fundraisers that we want you to know about:
Sunday, April 29th following morning worship
Come bid on some delicious desserts made by the students, their families, and some talented bakers within our congregation.
If you would like to contribute your dessert specialty to the auction, please contact Pastor Jeff
Saturday, May 5
9-4 at the church
We’re looking for donations of items for the sale (no clothing, please). Items can be dropped off at the church beginning on Thursday, May 3rd. If you need something picked up, please contact Pastor Jeff
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church