various Many see Christianity as the enemy of freedom, because it insists there is right and wrong belief and behaviour. By contrast Jesus says that he has come to set us free. But in what way is the Christian life one of freedom?
variousThe path of the Christian life of freedom runs between the two ditches of legalism and licence. Only the Holy Spirit can keep us on track, as we are led by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit. But what does that mean, and how do we do it?
Romans 6v20-23 “The late Christopher Hitchens said he didn’t want there to be a God, because he didn’t want to be “under the permanent control and supervision of an unalterable celestial dictator”. Like him many people resent any idea of being under God’s authority. But is the alternative really the freedom people think it is?”
Isaiah 5:1-30 Some see God as a doddery, toothless, old grandfather figure who is kind and well-meaning but harmless. The picture we get in the Bible of the God who is actually there is quite different. He’s no joke. He’s dangerous and we mess with him at our peril. And so if we are wise, we will get serious about God. This series of talks from Isaiah is a chance to do just that.