On July 4th, we celebrate our independence as a nation. As precious as our national freedom is, it does not come close to the spiritual freedom we enjoy through faith in the finished work of Christ.
What our spiritual freedom looks like is best seen in the stark contrast the New Testament draws between law and grace. We will be addressing this critical issue this month on Basic Gospel. Talk about down-to-earth practical truth! This is the good news that breaks people out of their spiritual bondage.
Just as it was in the days of Paul, spiritual bondage is a big problem in the church today. It seems the vast majority of Christians live their lives behind the bars of legalism.
Much of what we do today as a ministry is focused on helping struggling Christians experience freedom in Christ. What a joy to see the grace of God break open these prison doors and usher people into freedom.
This is where you play such a vital role with Basic Gospel. No one likes to admit they are in bondage. This is something they keep hidden. Instead of seeking help in their local church, or through friends, they scan their radio dial or search the internet to find answers. Your prayers and gifts connect them to the answers they desperately need.
Your partnership is vitally important all through the year, but especially during the summer months. Can I count on you this month to give generously? You will help many believers rest completely in the unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus Christ and experience freedom.
At one time, all of us were in bondage to sin and under a death sentence. Paul put it this way in Galatians 3:22-23: “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.”
Jesus sacrificed Himself to set us free: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
The verses listed below show the power of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the priceless gift of freedom He has provided for all who put their faith in Him.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15
But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Galatians 4:4, 5
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18, 19
Once people experience true spiritual freedom, they never will go back to spiritual bondage and self-effort.
Many of you have made sacrifices, of both time and financial resources, to make this ministry possible. Because you have tasted that freedom, I am confident you want others to know it as well. We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Because of your support, this message of freedom is reaching lives around the world through the Basic Gospel broadcast. Thousands of Christians live defeated lives, and they long to experience spiritual freedom. People are ripe to respond to the truth. By standing with us, you offer to them a message of hope and freedom in Christ. Your continued support is vital at this time.
This Independence Day, take a moment to reflect on freedom – think back to the day you responded to the good news of the New Covenant and were set free from the bondage of guilt and shame. Let’s make it possible for others to celebrate that same freedom!
Living in His freedom,
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