Highlights of Pastor Bryant’s Message “Freedom!” Text: Romans 8:1-11

The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the three most important documents in our country’s history to learn about our country’s rules and freedoms. Freedoms that we take for granted. Most of us do not appreciate these freedoms until they are gone or when we visit other countries.

In his sermon, Pastor Bryant focuses on verses 1 and 2. Paul was writing to the Romans, describing the nature of God’s provision for our deliverance. According to Romans 8:1, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” When we are united with Christ by faith, by union with God we should not feel any guilt of condemnation because Jesus died for our sins. He was born without sin and died as an offering of our sin. All sins are forgiven, and all guilt is removed. There is no punishment (condemnation) for those who are “in Christ Jesus.” According to Romans 8:2, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Verse 2 is about transformation and freedom in Christ. By union with God through faith, you are secure and will never be separated from the love of Christ. Christ died and the Spirit gave you new life to set you free from the law of sin and death.

This raises the following question, “Should believers feel guilty if they sin if there is no condemnation?”

Most argue that believers should feel guilty if they sin because they have let God down and have violated God’s holy word. However, there is no condemnation for those who mourn and repent and are in Christ Jesus, walking according to the Spirit. God is still working on you because you are a work in progress. Jesus is the savior of the world. He can save, set free and deliver! If we have faith and trust daily in the promises of God, Jesus Christ will liberate us from the power of sin and death.